Hurdles for safety code

Cost of tests and lack of single regulator among issues but legislation is the ultimate target

Bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian slugging it out with YouTube personality Steven Lim in 2017. He had to be helped out of the ring and was rushed to hospital but died. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ASIA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP
Bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian slugging it out with YouTube personality Steven Lim in 2017. He had to be helped out of the ring and was rushed to hospital but died. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ASIA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Costs of medical tests and a lack of a local sanctioning body for combat sports could hamper the authorities' imminent move to introduce a code of practice here to ensure sports safety in the fast-growing martial arts scene.

Following the death of bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian in September 2017 after a celebrity muay thai bout with YouTube personality Steven Lim, Sport Singapore issued a Sports Safety Committee report in March last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 05, 2020, with the headline 'Hurdles for safety code '. Subscribe