Vanessa Mae has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against her four-year ban handed out by the International Ski Federation.

Mae, the classical violinist who competed for Thailand at the 2014 Winter Olympics under the name Vanessa Vanakorn, was found guilty by the FIS last month of taking part in races which were fixed to help her qualify for the Sochi event.

The 36-year-old took part in the women's giant-slalom in Sochi and finished last out of the 67 competitors.

"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has received two appeals from Ms Vanessa Vanakorn, filed against the decisions taken by the Hearing Panel of the International Ski Federation (FIS) of 6 November 2014 and by the FIS Council on 18 November 2014, in relation to her qualification for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games," CAS said in a statement on Thursday.

"The FIS Panel found that Ms Vanakorn was either an active or knowing participant in the manipulation of the results of four giant slalom races that took place in Krvavec, Slovenia in January 2014 and imposed on her a four-year ban from attending or participating in any FIS event.

"The FIS Council subsequently acknowledged such decision and cancelled the results of the four races in question.

"As a consequence of this decision, Ms Vanakorn was no longer eligible to compete in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, and so the FIS Council submitted its decision to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for any further action in its competence.

"In appealing to the CAS, Ms Vanakorn seeks the annulment of both decisions. Two arbitration procedures have been opened and are being conducted in accordance with the Code of Sports-related Arbitration."

FIS issued a statement in November saying that it had "found to its comfortable satisfaction" that the results of the four ladies giant slalom races in Krvavec  were manipulated, especially in regard to the points awarded to Mae.

The FIS said the races were organised at the request of Mae's management company and the Thailand Olympic Committee in order to enable her to meet the Sochi qualifying criteria.

In July, the Slovenian Ski Association suspended four of its officials and announced an investigation into alleged improprieties regarding the results of the races concerned.

The FIS said that the weather conditions were so bad that the races concerned would in usual circumstances have been cancelled and that without the points in question, Mae would not have been eligible to compete in Sochi.