Sweden's former Finance Minister Pär Nuder today resigned as chairman of the Board of SkiStar, operator of the ski resort which will host many of the skiing events if Stockholm Åre 2026 is awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
It follows allegations of unspecified inappropriate behaviour during last month's International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre.
The scandal, which is dominating the Swedish media, comes only a day after an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission had visited the SkiStar-owned resort in Åre to inspect the facilities.
A spokesman for Stockholm Åre 2026 told insidethegames that Nuder was not part of the delegation from SkiStar which met the IOC Evaluation Commission and had not played any active role in their campaign.
The 56-year-old Nuder, Sweden's Minister of Finance between 2004 and 2006, has denied any wrongdoing but tendered his resignation an hour after the SkiStar Board publicly announced they had lost confidence in him.
"I have not crossed any boundaries, this is malicious speech," Nuder told Swedish broadcaster SVT.
Nuder claimed that he is the victim of an internal power struggle.
"What amazes me is that you do this in this way," he told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
"Without specifying anything.
"It's the worst kind of mafia methods, a character murder.
"It hurts me and damages SkiStar."
SkiStar, a leisure, tourism, property and retail company listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, would host most of the skiing events if Stockholm Åre 2026 is awarded the Olympic and Paralympics as, even though it is 600 kilometres away from the Swedish capital, it is the only piste in the country suitable for top-level downhill races.
Last month was the third time Åre had hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships having previously staged them in 1954 and 2007.