Singapore: A 32-year-old Indian-origin bodybuilder, Pradip Subramanian in Singapore died, an hour after he stepped into the ring for his first-ever Thai kick-boxing match.
Mr Subramanian, president of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (WBPF) Singapore, had replaced former “Singapore Idol” runner-up and singer Sylvester Sim, who pulled out of the match citing to insurance issues.
The match was over in five minutes after the referee noticed Mr Subramanian’s nose bleeding. He then called off the fight and declared Mr Lim the winner.
Mr Subramanian took a few blows on his head but was still standing after the match ended. Later he appeared to be losing consciousness while in a corner, and had to be helped out of the ring, reported The Straits Times.
Mr Lim paid tribute to Mr Subramanian on Facebook, saying: “Rest in Peace, my really truly respected fearless warrior and fighter.”
Official details about Mr Subramanian’s death were awaited, Singapore media said.
Event organisers Axseed Events and Muse Fitness Club, Singapore said, “We are deeply saddened to share the news that Mr Subramanian, exhibition match-up fighter and president of the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation of Singapore (WBPF) has passed away at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on September 23.”