Australian women’s basketball star Liz Cambage has pulled out of the Olympics due to mental health concerns about the Olympic “bubble”. In a statement posted to his social media accounts, the 29-year-old WNBA star opened up about his anxiety and mental health he needs medication to control.
“Anyone who knows me knows that my biggest dream is winning an Olympic gold medal with Opals,” Cambage wrote. “Every athlete competing in the Olympic Games needs to be at their mental and physical peak, and at this point in time, I am far from where I want and need to be.
“It’s no secret that in the past I’ve struggled with my mental health and lately I’ve been really worried about going to the ‘bubble’ Olympics. No family. No friends. No fans. My team There is no support system outside the U.S. It’s honestly scary for me. For the past one month I’m having panic attacks, I can’t sleep and I can’t eat.”
It is a major defeat for an Australian team that was set to compete with the US for gold in Tokyo. In the qualifying round also, Cambage averaged 23.5 points, the highest among all players. She finished second for rebounds with 10.3. The four-time WNBA All-Star has averaged 14.6 points and 8.9 rebounds for the Las Vegas Aces this season.
His decision to withdraw came soon after reports of him being involved in a physical and verbal brawl during a closed-door scuffle against Nigeria in Las Vegas. He also broke team protocol to make it live in Sin City. The controversy left him unsteady with the Aussies. According to ESPN, it was discussing whether they were still going to allow Cambage to play in the Olympics with them.
“I know myself, and I know I can’t be Liz, everyone deserves to be seen competing for Opel,” she wrote. “Not right now at least. I need to take care of myself mentally and physically. It breaks my heart to announce that I am withdrawing from the Olympics, but I think it’s best for Opel and me I want nothing more than to wish him the best of luck in Tokyo and I hope he goes ahead and wins the gold medal.