No safety guidelines for cheerleading in Singapore
But coaches and cheerleaders say they do take precautions
There are no national safety guidelines for cheerleading in Singapore. And the sport does not have a national association of its own to check whether coaches have the proper training.
But this does not mean safety is not taken seriously, coaches and cheerleaders told The Straits Times yesterday.
The sport has come under scrutiny after Thursday's death of 19-year-old Ngee Ann Polytechnic student Lai Qing Xiang. Two weeks ago, he hit his head on the ground when trying a backflip during cheerleading training. He never regained consciousness.
Questions are now being raised about whether there are enough safety measures during practice.
As teams attempt trickier - and riskier - stunts to keep up with the competition and impress judges, some worry that matters could get out of hand.