29 Sep 2009

Thorpe drops legal case against French newspaper

9:45 am on 29 September 2009

The great Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe has dropped his defamation case against the publishers of a French newspaper that reported he returned an irregular doping test in 2006.

Thorpe's lawyer says his client was dropping the case because the French newspaper L'Equipe and a journalist had failed to show up in court.

Thorpe, a multiple world and Olympic champion, was cleared of any doping offences after a random drug test taken before his retirement in 2006 showed slightly elevated levels of a naturally-occurring hormone.