Floorball: Sponsors ditch men's team following news of funding scandal involving SFA chief

Sport Singapore has filed a police report against Singapore Floorball Association president Sani Mohamed Salim. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - Fund-raising efforts for the men's national floorball team have hit a road block, following Sport Singapore's move to lodge a police report against Singapore Floorball Association (SFA) president Sani Mohamed Salim over the alleged misappropriation of funds.

The former national hockey player, who is employed by SportSG, is currently suspended from duty, while police investigations are ongoing.

In a press release on Tuesday, it was revealed that the news has resulted in an exodus of sponsors, with only one standing by the men's national team.

Netizens have pointed their fingers at the beleaguered SFA and its members for being involved with the missing funds.

"All our sponsorship leads have dried up since the news first broke regarding the allegations," said assistant coach Mark Song.

"We feel that this may be due to the negative association arising out of this saga, and we've lost all but one of our sponsors."

The self-funded national team comprises working professionals, students and volunteers.

The players are continuing to train for December's World Floorball Championships (WFC) in Riga, Latvia, while seeking alternative sources of funding, but at stake is their fourth appearance at the WFC.

The team need an estimated $80,000 to compete at the tournament, with each player having to raise about $3,000.

Song added: "The public feels that the national team have somehow been involved in and misused taxpayers' money, which couldn't be further from the truth.

"The team make so many sacrifices - paying for training on and off-court, funding their way to tournaments, and using vacation days to represent the country."

Parties interested in offering assistance or aid to the team can contact them at singaporefloorball@gmail.com.

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