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Ian Thorpe "quite sick" with post-operative infection

The agent for five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe says the 31-year-old will never swim again after contracting two potentially-deadly infections while undergoing shoulder surgery. James Erskine said Thorpe was "quite sick" in the intensive care ward of a Sydney hospital.

5-time Olympic swimming gold medallist in Sydney hospital

Ian Thorpe of Australia is seen here celebrating his bronze medal on the podium during the men's swimming 100-metre freestyle event on August 18, 2004 during the Athens Summer Olympic Games. Thorpe, who is one of the most decorated Olympic swimmers ever, has contracted two potentially-deadly infections while undergoing shoulder surgery and will never swim again. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The agent for five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe says the 31-year-old will never swim again after contracting two potentially-deadly infections while undergoing shoulder surgery.

James Erskine said Thorpe was "quite sick" in the intensive care ward of a Sydney hospital but dismissed media reports the swimmer might lose the use of his left arm.

Erskine told Australian Associated Press that Thorpe's condition was "serious but not life-threatening. 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."

Erskine said Thorpe contracted the infections during a series of surgeries on his shoulder at a clinic near his home in the Swiss town of Ronco sopra Ascona.

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