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Liz Cambage withdraws from 2021 Summer Olympics

The Las Vegas Aces center will not be traveling with the Opals to Tokyo for the Summer Games.

Liz Cambage #8 of the Las Vegas Aces looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Sparks on July 2, 2021 at Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images

Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage announced on social media early Friday morning that she will be withdrawing from the 2021 Summer Olympics. The WNBA All-Star cited in her statement that her mental health and being in a bubble in the Olympics played a large role in her decision.

Cambage was gearing up to play in her third Olympics for Team Australia and was looking to lead them to a gold medal. Earlier this week, it was reported that the Opals center was involved in a physical altercation and verbal exchange during a scrimmage against Nigeria.

The Opals were planning on making a decision about that incident before the 29-year-old Cambage announced that she would be withdrawing. AOC chef de Mission Ian Chesterman released a statement not too long ago after Cambage’s decision on Friday.

“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,” he said (h/t ESPN). Team Australia is scheduled to play Team USA in an exhibition game at 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday.