FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, violinist Vanessa Mae starting under her father name as Vanessa Vanakorn for Thailand, celebrates after completing the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Po
Christophe Ena, File
November 14, 2014

LONDON (AP) Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae plans to file an appeal against her four-year ban from competitive skiing for taking part in fixed races before the Sochi Olympics.

Vanessa-Mae calls the sanction ''nonsensical'' and says the matter is ''now with my lawyers and we will of course be appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.''

The International Ski Federation imposed the ban Tuesday, saying four giant-slalom races in Slovenia were fixed in January to allow Vanessa-Mae to qualify for February's Sochi Games. Five ski officials also were suspended.

The celebrity musician competed for Thailand in Sochi, finishing last of 67 racers in the giant slalom.

In the statement released by her management company Friday, Vanessa-Mae says of the sanction: ''I believe that suffering a nasty experience can be turned into positive inspiration.''

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