At the conclusion of its fall meetings on Friday, FIS announced Sarah Lewis, who has worked for the federation since 1994 and served as its secretary general since 2000, has been removed from her post, effective immediately.

A brief statement from FIS reads as follows:

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“At its meeting today, the FIS Council, including the members of the Marc Holder (sic) Foundation, based on a complete loss of confidence, has decided by a great majority vote that Sarah Lewis will no longer serve as the Secretary General of FIS, effective 9th October 2020.”

No other details were provided. According to European news sources, Lewis is accused of making several campaign trips at the expense of the FIS. 

Sarah Lewis was an alpine ski racer and a member of the British national team from 1982 to 1988. She took part in the 1987 Ski World Championships in Crans Montana and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. 

Lewis, an expected candidate in the FIS presidential election postponed to June, had been secretary general of skiing’s governing body for 20 years.

The president since 1998, Gian Franco Kasper, announced plans to step down this year in an election postponed twice by the coronavirus pandemic.

FIS has had only two presidents, both Swiss men, for almost 70 years. The current Swiss ski federation president, the 1993 downhill world champion Urs Lehmann, has declared his candidacy.

Two potential contenders from Sweden are FIS vice president Mats Arjes and the billionaire chairman of the Head ski and tennis brand, Johan Eliasch.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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