Basketball Australia launch probe into Cambage incident

Basketball Australia has confirmed its investigating Liz Cambage for a breach of the organisation’s “integrity framework and code of conduct” during a pre-Olympic Games training scrimmage against Nigeria, just days before the Opals begin their gold medal campaign.

In another twist to one of Australia’s highest-profile athletes withdrawing from Tokyo, Basketball Australia confirmed a probe into Cambage’s on-court behaviour was ongoing.

Cambage, 29, withdrew from the Games citing poor mental health and her trepidation about going into another bubble environment for the tournament, in which the Opals are gunning for an elusive gold medal.

Cambage has been forced to deny she broke team COVID-19 protocols in Las Vegas, but has admitted to a “heated” incident in the practice match against Nigeria.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident that occurred during the scrimmage between Nigeria and Australia involving Liz Cambage are currently under investigation for a breach of the integrity framework and code of conduct,” Basketball Australia said in a statement.

“As Liz has withdrawn from the Olympic Games due to mental health reasons we will not make any comments on the status of the investigation until the matter is concluded. The investigation is being managed by Basketball Australia’s integrity division.”

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