The sudden death of Singapore rugby veteran Slemat Rakisan in a freak accident along the Kranji Expressway yesterday has shocked those in the sports fraternity.
The 57-year-old father of three was killed when a runaway tyre from a trailer truck struck him on his head, causing him to fall off from his motorbike.
Tributes and condolences have appeared on social media after news of the rugby coach's death spread.
Mr Suresh Nair, a former sports journalist with The New Paper said on Facebook: "I'm just lost for words...What a very sad day for Singapore sports. He was a rare breed of Malay sportsmen from Saint Andrew's School, who went on to great heights as an international oval-ball stalwart."
Mr Nair said Mr Rakisan was respected as an international rugby role-model and excelled as a player, coach, referee, referee instructor and leading rugby administrator in Singapore and on the international scene.