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Just in: Vanessa Mae is cleared of rigging the Olympics

June 19, 2015 by norman lebrecht

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The viollinist came last, remember?

But she was accused of fixing the pre-selection.

Apparently, the system is so screwed up the adjudicators couldn’t tell what went on. Story below.

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae was cleared by sport’s highest court Friday of allegations she helped fix Alpine skiing races so she could qualify for the Sochi Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, however, upheld the ruling that Vanessa-Mae should have been ineligible for the 2014 Games because the qualifying events in Slovenia were ”so defective.”

The court lifted the four-year ban imposed on the celebrity athlete by the International Ski Federation, meaning she can try to qualify for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


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