One of the star players on the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces, Liz Cambage, will not compete in Tokyo.
It was announced she had withdrawn from the Australian Olympic Team.
“It’s no secret that in the past I’ve struggled with my mental health and recently I’ve been really worried about heading into a ‘bubble’ Olympics,” says Cambage in her Instagram and Twitter posts.
“No family. No friends. No fans. No support system outside of my team. It’s honestly terrifying for me. The past month I’ve been having panic attacks, not sleeping and not eating.
“Relying on daily medication to control my anxiety is not the place I want to be right now. Especially walking into competition on the world’s biggest sporting stage.
“I know myself, and I know I can’t be the Liz everyone deserves to see compete for the Opals. Not right now at least. I need to take care of myself mentally and physically.”
The AOC has said it will explore the potential for a late replacement for Cambage for the Opals Team.
“Liz has made a great contribution to the Australian Olympic Team over two Olympic Games campaigns. We respect her decision and wish her the best in returning to full health,” says Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman.
The Olympics are to begin on 23 July until 08 August. (HMP/The MiNT)
Featured image: Liz Cambage. /Credit: Erik Verduzco