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Ian Thorpe has had $100,000 in funding cut by Swimming Australia while head coach Leigh Nugent has not heard from him since October.
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.
It has been suggested that Thorpe still has a desire to compete at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games next year, but there will be no financial support from Swimming Australia.
It’s also understood Thorpe does not want to endure the pressure of having to qualify and compete at a major championships this year and so has turned his focus to Glasgow.
The 30-year-old is not in race shape but is expected to resume training with Gennadi Touretski’s swim squad next month.