Even though we will not get to see David Sivalingam in action at the Youth Olympic Games next year, he has already made a lasting impression on athletes, Singapore and his loved ones.

David Sivalingam

His action over the past years is what people will remember. He was former coach of Tampines Rovers Football Club in the S.League and also coach of Singapore’s under—14 football team that played in the Asian Youth Games.

V Sivalingam collapsed while playing in a soccer match on Sunday, 1 Nov,  to raise funds for paralysed former national player S Anthonysamy.

The incident happened half an hour into the game and the 51—year—old was rushed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

He is survived by a wife, two sons and a daughter.

Zainudin Nordin, president, Football Association of Singapore, said: “We are all devastated by the news. Our condolences and thoughts are with Sivalingam’s family at this very difficult time and we will render all the necessary assistance in their time of need.”

The Singapore 2010 team sends their condolences to the family and friends who have lost him.