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Australian and WNBA star Liz Cambage retires from Olympics and mentions mental health

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Cambage, a 2021 WNBA All-Star, averages 14.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Asos this season.

“It’s no secret that in the past I’ve had problems with my mental health and recently I’ve been very concerned about heading to a‘ bubble ’Olympics,” Cambage said in posts on Instagram and Twitter.

“No family. No friends. No fans. There is no support system outside my team. It’s honestly scary for me. I’ve had panic attacks in the last month, I don’t sleep or eat.

“Relying on daily medication to control my anxiety is not where I want to be right now. Especially entering the competition on the biggest sports stage in the world.

“I know myself and I know I can’t be the Liz that everyone deserves to see compete for the Opals. At least not right now. I need to take care of myself mentally and physically.”

Prior to the announcement of Cambage’s withdrawal, an AOC spokesman had told CNN that he was aware of a possible Cambage-related incident and was awaiting a report from Basketball Australia, but the organization did not provide further details. .

CNN has turned to Basketball Australia for more information, but has not received any news. The Australian team is in Las Vegas preparing for the Olympics and is scheduled to play later Friday in the United States in an exhibition match.

Mission Chief Ian Chesterman had said at a previous press conference: “Basketball Australia has informed us that it is investigating a problem. We have not received any other notification other than this.”

The AOC says it will explore the potential for a late Cambage replacement for the Opals team.

“Liz has made a great contribution to the Australian Olympic team during two Olympic Games campaigns. We respect her decision and wish her all the best to return to health,” Chesterman said.

In May, Cambage threatened with boycott the Tokyo Olympics while protesting against the lack of racial diversity in the promotional photos of the Australian Olympic team.

The Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 23 and run until August 8.

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