Former civil servant Roger Nissim promised more 'openness and transparency' after being elected the new president of the Hong Kong Hockey Association (HKHA) last night. The 55-year-old, who has been chairman of the veteran's section for the past four years, ousted long-serving president Con Conway for the hot seat. It was the first time Nissim had been elected president and the first time a new president had been elected in 14 years. 'It's a big challenge for me, but I have got a good team behind me. The experience is there,' said Nissim, who works for Sun Hung Kai Properties. 'I want to see more transparency and openness within the association. A lot of people here [who attended the AGM] don't know what really is happening in council meetings. Perhaps we will make the executive a bit bigger by inviting a man or woman player, while allowing more grassroots representation.' Nissim, who also served as First Division captain of the Kowloon Cricket Club during the 1980s, said he hopes Hong Kong can ride on the back of the rise of Chinese sports, especially after Beijing's successful Olympic bid. He also said Conway should be recognised for his efforts and should be made honorary life president for his work in helping develop Hong Kong hockey. Nissim's appointment was the only surprise in an eventful annual general meeting held at the Girl Guides Association in King's Park. HKHA vice presidents Billy Dillon and Brenda Smith retained their posts, while outspoken Lee Chun-kay failed to gain a seat for the vice presidency. Long-serving secretary general Sarinder Dillon retained his post after defeating Gurbhej Chima, while Vasco da Costa was automatically elected treasurer as the only candidate. Meanwhile, the South Korean men's hockey team, Sydney Olympic silver medallists last year, will be passing through the SAR to play a series of friendly games at the Hong Kong Football Club starting on August 14. The South Koreans, who were narrowly defeated 5-4 on penalties by Holland in Sydney, are scheduled to play Club and the Hong Kong national team.