Violinist to appeal four-year ban from skiing for race fixing
Singapore-born Thai violinist and Olympic skier Vanessa-Mae plans to appeal her four-year ban from competitive skiing, handed down for her participation in fixed qualifying races ahead of this year's winter Olympics in Sochi, the Associated Press reported on Friday.
According to Mae, a popular violinist with 10 million albums sold who competed for Thailand under her father's last name Vanakorn, the punishment was "nonsensical."
She added that her case was "now with my lawyers and we will of course be appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport."
The ISF found that in four women's giant slalom races at Krvavec, Slovenia between January 17 and 19, competition was manipulated and regulations ignored.
The International Ski Federation issued the ruling on Nov. 11, judging that multiple instances of manipulation allowed Mae and two other skiers to earn the points they needed in order to qualify for the winter Olympics.
She finished last among the 67 racers in the giant slalom at Sochi.
Mae appears undaunted by the sanction. In a statement released through her management company on Nov. 14, she said "I believe that suffering a nasty experience can be turned into positive inspiration."
Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended in July for their role in the manipulation of the races.