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Police investigating former manager of Joseph Schooling’s swimming school accused of cheating

SINGAPORE — The police are investigating the former manager of Joseph Schooling’s swimming school amid accusations that he cheated people who had bought tickets to a recent high-profile football match.

Swim Schooling — the school that Olympic champion Joseph Schooling (second from left) set up in June 2018 — said that it terminated the employment of Mr Mohamed Hafidz Ja’afar (second from right) on July 19, 2019.

Swim Schooling — the school that Olympic champion Joseph Schooling (second from left) set up in June 2018 — said that it terminated the employment of Mr Mohamed Hafidz Ja’afar (second from right) on July 19, 2019.

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SINGAPORE — The police are investigating the former manager of Joseph Schooling’s swimming school amid accusations that he cheated people who had bought tickets to a recent high-profile football match.

In response to TODAY’s queries, the police confirmed that a report had been made against Mr Mohamed Hafidz Ja’afar and investigations are ongoing.

Swim Schooling — the school that Olympic champion Schooling set up last June — said that it terminated Mr Hafidz’s employment on July 19. He had been hired as a manager on a part-time basis in 2017.

Posting on Facebook on Wednesday (July 24) evening, Swim Schooling said that Mr Hafidz “is not authorised to transact any business, collect any monies or act in any capacity whatsoever on behalf of our company”.

Mr Colin Schooling, who sits on the board of Schooling Sport Academy overseeing Swim Schooling and is father of Joseph Schooling, told TODAY on Thursday that Mr Hafidz was sacked after consultation with lawyers.

When asked whether Mr Hafidz has been informed of the termination, Mr Colin Schooling said that the former manager could not be reached.

“He is on the run. His wife and mother don't even know where he is. I don’t know where he is,” Mr Colin Schooling.

In the last few days, several individuals have posted on Facebook claiming that they have been cheated by Mr Hafidz. They had bought tickets to the International Champions Cup (ICC) football match between English club Manchester United and Italian club Inter Milan that was held here on July 20.

They did not receive the tickets at all. When they contacted Mr Hafidz, he did not respond to their calls or phone text messages.

TODAY contacted Mr Hafidz but the call went to an answering machine, with a voice message saying that his “mailbox is full and cannot accept anymore messages”.

Mr Hafidz previously worked in communications at the Singapore Swimming Association and was later hired by the Schoolings in 2016 to help out with logistics. He was hired by Swim Schooling sometime in 2017 as an administrator before he became a manager.

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