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Australian and WNBA star Liz Cambage withdraws from Olympics, citing mental health

Cambage, a 2021 WNBA All-Star, is averaging 14.6 factors and 8.9 rebounds per recreation for the Aces this season.

“It’s no secret that previously I’ve struggled with my mental health and not too long ago I’ve been actually fearful about heading right into a ‘bubble’ Olympics,” Cambage mentioned in posts on Instagram and Twitter.

“No household. No mates. No followers. No assist system exterior of my crew. It’s actually terrifying for me. The previous month I’ve been having panic assaults, not sleeping and not consuming.

“Relying on each day medicine to manage my nervousness just isn’t the place I need to be proper now. Especially strolling into competitors on the world’s largest sporting stage.

“I do know myself, and I do know I am unable to be the Liz everybody deserves to see compete for the Opals. Not proper now not less than. I have to care for myself mentally and bodily.”

Prior to the announcement of Cambage’s withdrawal, an AOC spokesman had informed CNN that it was conscious of a possible incident involving Cambage and had been awaiting a report from Basketball Australia, however the group offered no additional particulars.

CNN has reached out to Basketball Australia for extra info however has not heard again. The Australian crew is in Las Vegas making ready for the Olympics and is scheduled to play the USA in a while Friday in an exhibition recreation.

Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman had mentioned in an earlier press convention: “We’ve been knowledgeable by Basketball Australia that they are investigating a problem. We haven’t obtained any additional reporting apart from that.”

The AOC says it’ll discover the potential for a late substitute for Cambage for the Opals Team.

“Liz has made a fantastic contribution to the Australian Olympic Team over two Olympic Games campaigns. We respect her choice and want her one of the best in returning to full health,” Chesterman mentioned.

In May, Cambage threatened to boycott the Tokyo Olympics whereas talking out towards the dearth of racial range in promotional images of the Australian Olympic crew.

The Olympics are scheduled to get underway on July 23 and run till August 8.

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