Famous Pop violinist turned olympian, Vanessa Mae, has been sentenced to a four-year ban from competitive skiing after the International Ski Federation (FIS) found that several of her races were fixed.
According to The Guardian, it was found that the 35-year-old was involved in fixing four qualifying races in Slovenia back in January, before qualifying for the last Sochi Winter Olympic Games where she had eventually placed last out of the 67 contestants.
Five officials from Slovenia and Italy were also banned by FIS for their involvement in the scandal, however their ban was set between one and two years.
The British personality of Chinese and Thai parentage had competed for Thailand using her father’s surname as Vanessa Vanakorn.
|Vanessa Mae, probably the only famous Pop violinist the world is most familiar with. [Photo Source: Express.co.uk]|
The fixing of the qualifying races were allegedly done at the request of Mae’s manager. As FIS puts it, without doing so Mae “would not have even achieved the necessary FIS point performance level to be eligible to participate in the Olympic Winter Games”.
Apparently there were two competitors for the race in Slovenia who didn’t even show up. The officials of the race then invented times for the absent skiers and faked finishing times for the other skiers who did finish.
To appeal for the ban, Mae has to do so within 21 days , but says the president of FIS, Gian-Franco Kasper, “It doesn’t make much difference. She was racing probably just once. In any case, we’ve prevented her from being at the next Olympics.”
[Photo Source: Express.co.uk]