Violinist Vanessa-Mae has been banned from skiing for four years after results were manipulated to help her qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

An International Ski Federation (FIS) hearing panel found that “violations” in the Thailand skier’s results at an event in Slovenia.

The British citizen, 36, qualified

days before the deadline

after competing in the hastily-staged races in January.

Five officials involved in the event have also been banned by the FIS.

The competitions in Slovenia were organised at the request of the management of the skier, through the Thai Olympic Committee.

Competing as Vanessa Vanakorn, she went on to

finish last of 67 competitors in the giant slalom at the Sochi Games,

50 seconds adrift of winner Tina Maze.

FIS said in a statement: “The hearing panel found to its comfortable satisfaction that the results of the four ladies giant slalom races that took place on 18 and 19 Jan at Krvavec were manipulated.”

More to follow.