Sydney - Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe is in a Sydney hospital
receiving treatment for an infection after having shoulder surgery,
Australian state media have reported on Tuesday.
The five-times Olympic
champion was being treated with large doses of antibiotics, state
broadcaster ABC reported on its website, citing
Thorpe's manager James Erskine.
Thorpe was not receiving intensive care, Erskine told the ABC, contradicting earlier Australian media reports.
Thorpe's management was not available to comment.
The surgery was the third operation on the 31-year-old's troublesome left shoulder, ABC said.
Australia's most decorated swimmer with 11 world championship golds,
was admitted to hospital earlier this year to treat depression after he
was found disoriented in Sydney.
Police were called when a
resident saw Thorpe behaving oddly near a vehicle and his manager
Erskine later said he had been taking a mixture of anti-depressants and
medication for his shoulder.
Thorpe won three golds in his Olympic
debut at the 2000 Sydney Games and clinched another two at Athens four
years later, but surprised by announcing his retirement in 2006 at the
age of 24, citing a lack of motivation.
Thorpe announced he would
return to the pool in 2011 in a bid to qualify for the London Games but
he flopped at national trials the following year and failed to make the
team in either of his targeted 100 and 200 metres freestyle events.
Though describing the comeback as a fairytale "turned into a nightmare", Thorpe said he would continue swimming.
later revealed in his 2012 autobiography "This is Me" of a near
decade-long battle with depression, including suicidal thoughts and
regular alcohol abuse.
Though frustrated by repeated injury
problems, Thorpe last year told local media he had not ruled out a bid
for the 2016 Games in Rio.