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Berlin (dpa) - Star violinist Vanessa-Mae has attacked the ruling skiing body FIS, saying she was treated like "a cheater" by them in connection with races she competed in to qualify for the Sochi 2014 Olympics and saw her temporarily banned later.

"The FIS labelled me a cheater. It mocked me," she told German magazine Der Spiegel in a report made available ahead of Saturday‘s publication.

She took part for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn at the Sochi Games and finished last of the 67 racers in the giant slalom won by Slovenia‘s Tina Maze.

The FIS later banned her for four years and disqualified her from the Olympics, saying the races in January 2014 in Slovenia in which she qualified were rigged.

Vanakorn appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which nullified the ban because there was "insufficient evidence" that Vanakorn had breached FIS betting and anti-corruption rules, but also confirmed that she was ineligible to compete at the Sochi Games.

Vanakorn told Der Spiegel the case cost her around 200,000 dollars and she did also not rule out legal action against the FIS which she said did not investigate properly and put a slant on witness acounts.

"The FIS didn‘t expect me to fight back. And it became really ugly when it became clear that I would go before the CAS," Vanakorn said.

Der Spiegel said the FIS declined to comment on Vanakorn‘s statements by recommendation of its lawyers.

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