What is Liz Cambage's net worth? Australian basketball star pulls out of Tokyo Olympics
WNBA star Liz Cambage is the latest athlete to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics. Several athletes quit the Summer Games earlier due to COVID concerns. Cambage, however, quit the Games over mental health concerns that stemmed from the prospect of having to live 'in a bubble' during the Games.
Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to begin on July 23. All the athletes participating are required to live in a bio-secure bubble until their participation ends. Social contact has to be minimum and athletes might also be expected to eat alone. In another recent development, the Japanese government imposed a virus state of emergency in Tokyo till August 22. This means that spectators will be barred from the venues.
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Cambage, 29, announced her withdrawal from the Summer Games on Friday, July 16. She released a statement on Instagram that read, "Anyone that knows me knows one of my biggest dreams is winning an Olympic gold medal with the Opals. Every athlete competing in the Olympic games should be at their mental and physical peak, and at the moment, I'm a long way from where I want and need to be. It's no secret that in the past I've struggled with my mental health and recently I've been worried about heading into a 'bubble' Olympics. 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."
She further added, "Relying on daily medication to control my anxiety is not the place I want to be right now. Especially walking into competition on the world's biggest sporting stage. I know myself, and I know I can't be the Liz everyone deserves to see compete for the Opals. Not right now at least. I need to take care of myself mentally and physically. It breaks my heart to announce I'm withdrawing from the Olympics, but I think it's best for the Opals and myself. I wish them nothing but the best of luck in Tokyo and I hop they go forth and win a gold medal."
Cambage's announcement comes at a time when she is under investigation for an alleged physical altercation and verbal exchange during a warm-up game against Nigeria. The four-time WNBA All-Star was also said to have broken team protocols when she reportedly went out in Las Vegas. Australian team chef de mission Ian Chesterman confirmed that an investigation is underway but denied Olympic officials' involvement in the same, "We’ve been informed by Basketball Australia that they are investigating an issue. We have not received any further report except for that. So it will be a matter of them working through with Basketball Australia to see if there’s any resulting decisions that need to be made," he told reporters on Friday, July 16.
What is Liz Cambage's net worth
Standing at six foot eight inches, Aces star Cambage is one of the tallest players in the WNBA. She's also one of the highest-paid WNBA stars. Born on August 18, 1991, in London, England, Cambage moved to Australia when she was three months old. She began playing professionally by 16 and was drafted second overall by the WNBA Tulsa Shocks by the time she was 20 in 2011. Currently, she plays for Las Vegas Aces. Cambage struck a one-year contract with the Las Vegas Aces worth $221,450, including $221,450 guaranteed and a $221,450 yearly salary. She is expected to be paid a basic salary of $221,450 in 2021, with a cap hit of $221,450. Liz Cambage's net worth as of 2021 is estimated to be around $3 million.