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Vanessa-Mae has ski ban cancelled in CAS ruling

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Berlin (dpa) - Star violinist Vanessa-Mae‘s four-year skiing ban was annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Friday.

CAS ruled there was not enough evidence to show she was involved in rigging Olympic qualifying races in Slovenia.

However, CAS ruled the violinist was not eligible to compete at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, where she took part for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn.

Vanakorn appealed to CAS after a four-year ban from the international ski federation (FIS), which found that four women‘s giant slalom competitions at Krvavec in Slovenia between January 17 and 19, 2014 were "manipulated."

The Krvavec competitions - organized at the request of the Vanakorn‘s management through the Thai Olympic Committee - were the last opportunity for the 36-year-old prominent virtuoso to achieve the necessary FIS points to qualify for Sochi.

In a statement, CAS said its panel found there was "insufficient evidence" that Vanakorn had breached the FIS betting and other anti-corruption violations rules.

The panel dismissed Vanakorn‘s second appeal and confirmed she was ineligible to compete in the Sochi Games.

In Sochi, she finished last of the 67 racers in the giant slalom won by Slovenia‘s Tina Maze.

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