WNBA star Liz Cambage withdraws from Olympics, cites anxiety and panic attacks

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Team Australia will be missing its best player in Tokyo with WNBA star Liz Cambage announcing her decision to withdraw from the upcoming Summer Olympics. The 29-year-old cited her recent mental health struggles, admitting to panic attacks, lack of sleep and concern over the isolation she would experience playing without friends or family overseas.

“It’s no secret that in the past I’ve struggled with my mental health and recently I’ve been really worried about heading into a ‘bubble’ Olympics,” shared Cambage in a Twitter post. “No family. No friends. No fans. No support system outside of my team. It’s honestly terrifying for me. The past month I have been having panic attacks, not sleeping and not eating.”

A four-time WNBA All-Star and the league’s leading scorer in 2018, Cambage’s abrupt exit may have been facilitated by a reported “altercation” that took place during Thursday’s scrimmage with Nigeria, which was not open to the media. The 6’8” Australian has represen