Without thanks, Lewis axed by FIS after 26 years' service
Sarah Lewis, the experienced winter sports executive, has been fired as secretary general of FIS, the international skiing federation.
The FIS council said there had been "a complete loss of confidence" in the Briton.
Lewis (pictured, left) joined FIS in 1994 and had been secretary general of FIS since 2000. She was one of the few women in senior leadership positions at Olympic Games federations. Indeed, she has been secretary general of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations.
There was no appreciation of her two decades in the post, with a short statement from FIS merely saying: "At its meeting today [9 October], the FIS Council, including the members of the Marc Hodler 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."
It is understood that Lewis and long-serving FIS president Gian-Franco Kasper had been at odds for some years.
Kasper will step down at the June 2021 congress, and Lewis had intended to stand for the presidency. Urs Lehmann, president of Swiss-Ski, and Swedish billionaire Johan Eliasch are expected to challenge.
Lewis, who competed for Great Britain at the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics, joined the FIS in 1994 as a Continental Cups coordinator.