Swimming legend Ian Thorpe was admitted into a Sydney hospital for treatment of an infection on his left-shoulder, several Australian media outlets are reporting.
Thorpe was undergoing treatment on his left shoulder, an injury that caused the 31-year old to give up his comeback hopes after the 2012 Olympic Trials.
“It’s serious but it’s not life-threatening,” Thorpe’s agent James Erskine told the AAP. “He’s contracted two forms of bugs in hospital. He’s undergone two or three operations over the last two months so … I mean bad luck. He’s quite sick but that’s the situation.”
Despite multiple reports to the contrary, Erskine says that Thorpe was not admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). HOwever, remember that Erskine’s agency in late January denied that Thorpe had been admitted to a rehabilitation facility for prescription drug abuse, and a few days later they admitted that he had.
Erskine did say that Thorpe’s competitive career is likely over as a result, if that weren’t already decided.