Australian pivot Liz Cambage (2,03m, 29) withdraws from the Tokyo Olympics, citing mental health issues and fears of ending up without a support network in the Tokyo Olympic bubble.
In a statement posted to her social media, Cambage revealed that she suffers from a panic attack, lack of sleep and inability to feed herself as the Olympics approach.
“Everyone who knows me knows that one of my biggest dreams is to win an Olympic gold medal with the Opals. Every athlete in the Olympics should be at their mental and physical peak, and at the moment I am far from where I want and need to be. It’s no secret that in the past I have had mental health issues and recently I was really worried about heading for the Olympics in a “bubble”. No family. No friends. No fans. No support system outside of my team. It’s frankly terrifying to me. Last month I had panic attacks, I don’t sleep and I don’t eat, ”she explained in her statement. “Relying on daily medication to control my anxiety is not what I want to do right now. Especially enter the competition on the biggest sporting stage in the world. It breaks my heart to announce that I am retiring from the Olympics, but I think it’s better for the Opals and myself. I wish them all the best of luck in Tokyo and hope they go ahead and win a gold medal. Love and light ”, she concluded.
This defection is a huge blow for Australia, a candidate for the podium. Liz Cambage is one of the best players in the world. During the 2018 World Cup, she had 23.8 points and 10.5 rebounds for 28.5 evaluation.