Thorpe loses $100,000 Swimming Australia funding

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 03, 2013 08:10 hrs

Legendary swimmer Ian Thorpe has had 100,000 dollars in funding cut by Swimming Australia, a report has said.

The decision by Swimming Australia to sever all financial support for the five-time Olympic gold medallist has cast fresh doubt over whether he will compete again.

With plans to compete at the world championship trials in Adelaide next month aborted, Thorpe is currently residing in Switzerland.

According to the Perth Now, head coach Leigh Nugent said he has not heard from him since October.

Nugent told The Sunday Telegraph that he has no idea what Thorpe is doing or where he is, whether in Australia or overseas.

Thorpe was one of three swimmers, including Libby Trickett, Michael Klim and Stephanie Rice, to receive special funding for training ahead of last year's London Olympics, the report said.

The decision to provide them with that support caused considerable friction among the Australian swim team, with some members demanding their governing body declare how much money had been spent to bankroll the return of Thorpe, who failed to qualify for the Olympic squad, it added. (ANI)

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