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Citing anxiety, Cambage pulls out of Aussie Olympic team

WNBA star Liz Cambage has withdrawn from Australia's Olympic women's basketball team because of the anxiety she's been feeling about the Tokyo Olympics.
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Team WNBA's Dearica Hamby, left, and Liz Cambage embrace before a WNBA All-Star basketball game against the United States, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — WNBA star Liz Cambage has withdrawn from Australia's Olympic women's basketball team because of the anxiety she's been feeling about living and competing inside the restrictive bubble in place for the Tokyo Games. 

Cambage says the prospect of having no friends, no family, no fans and no support system outside of the squad during the Games is "terrifying for me." 

The 29-year-old two-time Olympian says the decision "breaks my heart ... but I think it's best for the Opals and myself." 

The absence of the star center is a major setback to Australia's medal chances in Tokyo.