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Vanessa Mae receives damages from skiing federation

Violinist Vanessa Mae has received damages from the International Skiing Federation (FIS) after administrators wrongly accused her of manipulating race results.
The sporty musician competed as a skier for Thailand under the name of Vanessa Vanakorn at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Later that year, a panel of officials from the sport’s governing body handed her a four-year ban after accusing the star of manipulating results from a race in Krvavec, Slovenia, to ensure her qualification for the games.
However, Vanessa’s appeal against the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was upheld in June last year (15), clearing her of race fixing.
As a result, FIS bosses have withdrawn all the accusations and paid an unspecified amount in damages to settle a defamation claim from the 37-year-old against the organisation.
“FIS has not appealed and fully respects the verdict of the CAS, including its finding that Ms Vanakorn and her entourage did not in any way fix, contrive or improperly influence the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of the FIS-approved races held in Krvavec,” a statement published on the FIS website said.
“FIS accepts that the statements made about Ms. Vanakorn’s conduct at the Krvavec races were unjustified and unreservedly withdraws them. In settlement of Ms. Vanakorn’s claim for damages for defamation, FIS has apologised and has made an appropriate payment to Ms. Vanakorn which she intends to pay to a charity of her choice.”

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