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Australian champion swimmer Ian Thorpe's father hopes son to recover from depression

English.news.cn   2014-02-04 17:37:13

SYDNEY, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- The father of Australian Olympic legend Ian Thorpe is hopeful that his son will make a full recovery from depression in six months, local media reported on Tuesday.

Thorpe is in rehab for depression after being found disoriented near his parents' home in Sydney on early Monday morning.

A combination of antidepressants and medication for his shoulder injury has been blamed for the five-time Olympic gold medalist's latest problems.

"He is battling with his health issues at the moment and he is having a tough time," Ken Thorpe told News Corp on Tuesday.

"But hopefully in six months' time he will be out the other side."

Thorpe's manager James Erskine said the champion swimmer was taken from Bankstown Hospital in Sydney to a rehabilitation clinic to receive treatment for depression.

"There was no alcohol involved, he hadn't been drinking or anything like that," Erskine told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

"The hospital then suggested - or more than suggested, I think - that he should go into rehab for depression and that's what's happened."

Editor: Lu Hui
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