Ngee Ann Poly student dies after cheerleading accident
A student who spent two weeks in a coma after injuring his head while doing a backflip during cheerleading training died in the early hours of yesterday.
Lai Qing Xiang, 19, a member of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's cheerleading team Magnum Force, fell unconscious shortly after the Aug 30 accident and was sent to the National University Hospital. He never regained consciousness.
His father Patrick Lai, 57, said he had asked the team coach why his son was asked to do a backflip, when he was meant to be a "tosser", whose role is to throw other cheerleaders into the air and catch them.
"He was big. He stood 1.75m tall and weighed 90kg. Why was he asked to do a backward flip?" said the businessman. "Was my son properly taught and trained how to execute a backflip?"