Interim team to guide floorball through crisis

Interim general manager Todd Vladich (left) and interim president Kenneth Ho after the extraordinary general meeting (EOGM) of the Singapore Floorball Association yesterday.
Interim general manager Todd Vladich (left) and interim president Kenneth Ho after the extraordinary general meeting (EOGM) of the Singapore Floorball Association yesterday. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The scandal-hit Singapore Floorball Association (SFA) has made the first move to get its house in order following its Extraordinary General Meeting (EOGM) yesterday. The hour-long meeting, held at the Singapore Sports Hub, was attended by about 50 SFA members and affiliates.

Kenneth Ho, who previously served in the SFA's existing management committee, was elected as interim president last night. His appointment will last until the association's next annual general meeting, which will be held after the association's accounts for 2014 and 2015 are audited, a process which could take at least six months as the police are in possession of some of the association's documents.

A new general manager post was created as well, and the position will be filled by Todd Vladich, who is seconded from Sport Singapore (SportSG). Vladich will hold the position for six months, and will focus on resolving ongoing issues and putting in place administrative and financial systems and processes.

Ho's first order of business was to clean up the accounts of the association.

Speaking immediately after the EOGM, the 29-year-old said: "(The SFA's) accounting has to be sorted out, which will give us a new slate for the new season. We will move on from here, and try not to follow what happened in the past."

His predecessor Sani Mohamed Salim, the centre manager at Hougang Sports Centre for SportSG, was suspended from duties earlier this month for allegedly misappropriating SFA funds, believed to be a six-figure amount.

SportSG had lodged a police report against Sani, a former national hockey captain. He is currently assisting the police with investigations.

Vladich revealed that the "gist of the meeting is to garner support from the fraternity".

He added that there was "a lot to do moving forward", including securing funding, getting professional executives on board the association to provide foresight and allowing those in the fraternity who want to help improve things to come forward.

Funding is a major concern for the association, which was hit by an exodus of sponsors when the news of the alleged misappropriation of funds broke on May 14.

"The management committee will be meeting in the near future, and we will discuss traditional methods like merchandise sales at the leagues, setting up a trust fund for the national squad, and linking up with other sponsors," said Vladich.

"It's a holistic approach of trying to bring everybody in. At the end of the day, the sport is run by clubs and affiliates so they need to be a part of taking ownership of the sport moving forward."

Ng Keng Gene

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2016, with the headline 'Interim team to guide floorball through crisis'. Print Edition | Subscribe