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In April, students from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Saint Andrews’ Secondary engaged in a major brawl after an ill-tempered rugby match that called attention to some worrying behaviors amongst sportsmen in Singapore’s schools. A spate of injuries and accidents has also led some parents and teachers to question the current safety standards and practices in school sports.


Commentators have called for stricter guidelines to be enforced on coaches and players and have pointed out the current problems with the CCA system in Singapore that causes players, coaches, and parents alike to become fixated on medals and fail to develop sportsmanlike behavior and lose graciously, a ‘must win’ mentality that has led to some questionable practices and several regrettable incidents.