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Sullivan set for court date

2012-11-28 11:04

Sydney - Australian Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan is set to face court over an incident in which a pensioner's motorised scooter was allegedly taken for a joyride, reports said Wednesday.

No charges have been laid against the 27-year-old former 100m freestyle world record-holder over the incident, which occurred in mid-October in Adelaide where Sullivan was to attend a friend's wedding.

Reports said two men allegedly borrowed the scooter after one asked the owner whether he could take it "for a spin" and shortly afterwards crashed it into a table outside the pub, injuring two people.

South Australian Police said a 27-year-old man from Western Australia was reported for disorderly behaviour and two counts of assault following the incident.

They said the man was expected to receive a summons to attend South Australia's Elizabeth Magistrates Court at a later date.

Sullivan's management said the swimmer had been in Adelaide for a wedding.

"Whilst it is apparent that an accident occurred there is no evidence that Eamon was the party responsible for any such accident," Elite Sports Properties said in a statement.

"We are able to confirm that there are no police charges which have resulted from this accident."

Earlier this month, Australian swimming officials announced an independent review of the sport's culture at elite level after rumours of pranks and initiation rituals at the Olympics in London.

AFP