Liz Cambage, an Australian basketballer, has withdrawn from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to mental health problems.
Liz Cambage, an Australian basketball player, has resigned from the Olympic team due to mental health concerns and fears about entering the “bubble.”
The notion that Cambage’s family, friends, and fans would not be in Tokyo to offer support was “terrifying,” according to Cambage, who plays for the Las Vegas Aces.
The four-time WNBA All-Star, 29, stated that she wanted to take care of herself “mentally and physically.”
“I’m a long way from where I want and need to be right now,” she admitted.
“It’s no secret that I’ve suffered from my mental health in the past, and I’ve recently been really concerned about competing in a ‘bubble’ Olympics.” There is no family. There are no pals. There are no fans. Outside of my team, I have no support system.
I’ve been getting panic attacks, not sleeping, and not eating for the past month.
“I don’t want to be relying on daily medicine to regulate my anxiety right now, especially as I prepare to compete on the world’s biggest athletic stage.”
Cambage’s departure comes amid accusations she was involved in an incident during a pre-Olympics training camp in Las Vegas, where the Australian team is holding a warm-up game against Nigeria.
According to ESPN, she was involved in a “heated verbal exchange” as well as a physical altercation.
She is also said to have broken team protocol by going out in Vegas, as well as another unknown event.
Cambage, an Olympic bronze medalist in London 2012, had threatened to boycott the Games due to a lack of ethnic diversity in Australia’s Olympic picture sessions.
She accused the Australian Olympic Committee of “whitewashing” but went on to compete in her third Olympics.