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Incredible archival footage of the then 12 year old British-violinist-turned-Olympics-skier Vanessa-Mae. Recorded in 1991 for Britain’s BBC tv show ‘Going Live’. VANESSA-MAE | GOING LIVE | ALL

The International Ski Federation has today settled a defamation claim by violinist Vanessa-Mae - who was wrongfully alleged to have qualified for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games through a series of fixed races.

The federation has indicated that an ‘appropriate payment’ has been made to the pop-violinist-turned-Olympic-skier and indicated that she ‘did not in any way fix, contrive or improperly influence the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect’ of the Olympic qualifying races.

Violinist-turned-Olympic-skier Vannesa-Mae has had her 4 year ban overturned by the International Skiing Federation – after being accused of race fixing false Olympic qualifying times in 2014. On November 6 last year, an International Ski Federation hearing ruled that the results of four giant slalom qualifying races, that took place on the 18th and 19th of January 2014 at Krvavec, Slovenia were falsely inflated to artificially boost Vanessa-Mae’s qualification for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Whilst the Court of Arbitration for Sport today ruled there was no direct evidence to implicate Mae in the fixing and cleared her of all allegations, it did however identify a number of serious irregularities with her qualifying process.

It has been announced today that Vanessa-Mae has made a formal appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the four-year ban, imposed on her by the International Ski Federation last month, for race fixing. The classical violinist, who competed in the giant slalom for Thailand at the 2014 Winter Olympics under her father's surname 'Vanessa Vanakorn', was found guilty by the International Ski Federation for taking part in races which were fixed to help her quality for the Sochi event. “The court has received two appeals from Ms Vanessa Vanakorn, filed against the decisions taken by the hearing panel of the International Ski Federation (FIS) of 6 November 2014 and by the FIS Council on 18 November 2014, in relation to her qualification for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games,” an Executive for the Court of Arbitration of Sport has said in a statement.


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