SINGAPORE - The Singapore Floorball Association (SFA) elected new management on Monday (May 30) night after its extraordinary general meeting, following the news earlier this month about an alleged misappropriation of funds.
Current management committee member Kenneth Ho will serve as interim president, taking over from predecessor Sani Mohamed Salim, who has been suspended after Sport Singapore (SportSG) filed a police report against him.
The 29-year-old Ho, whose appointment will last until the association's next annual general meeting, will be assisted by new general manager Todd Vladich, who has been seconded from SportSG. Vladich will serve for a period of six months.
Ho said in a press release: "We will be focusing our efforts to stabilise the association, care for our athletes and develop the sport to the level it should be. I thank SportSG for their support as we are now targeting to get the house in order and prepare for charity status to resume funding."
Former national hockey captain Sani, employed by SportSG and who was the centre manager at Hougang Sports Centre, is now assisting police with investigations.
It is understood that a six-figure sum was involved.
Some of the misappropriated funds were believed to have come from SFA-organised events, such as its local leagues.
Media reports of the association's financial woes had surfaced when it was revealed they had not submitted their accounts to SportSG, thereby resulting in funding being withheld from them.
In fact, SFA have not received funding from SportSG since 2011 as they have not attained the Institution of Public Character (IPC) status, a SportSG requirement for funds to be disbursed.
News of the scandal on May 14 had led to an exodus of SFA's sponsors.
The men's national team are scheduled to compete in December's World Floorball Championships in Riga, Latvia. They need an estimated $80,000, covering expenses like airfare and accommodation, to participate in the tournament.
Correction note: An earlier version of this story said Mr Kenneth Ho will serve for six months. This is incorrect. His appointment will last until the association's next annual general meeting. We are sorry for the error.