Australian superstar Liz Cambage is expected to miss the upcoming WNBA season in the United States for health reasons, according to her agent.
- Liz Cambage was set to suit up for the Las Vegas Aces in the upcoming WNBA season
- Cambage’s agent says Camabage is believed to be at high risk of severe illness if she contracts COVID-19
- About a dozen players are expected to opt out of playing this season
“In the evaluation of Liz Cambage’s health and pre-existing risk factors with her team doctor, we believe her to be at high risk for severe illness if she contracts COVID-19 in participating this WNBA season,” Allison Galer said on Saturday night.
“We are awaiting the league’s determination based on an independent physician panel.”
Galer declined to elaborate what the pre-existing conditions were, citing Cambage’s privacy.
The Las Vegas Aces All-Star centre’s case is one of a handful that is before the league’s independent panel of doctors, people familiar with the situation told AP.
The panel decides whether a player should be medically excused and receive full salary for the upcoming season.
Players can still opt out and skip a season if the panel does not grant them a medical waiver, but they do not get paid.
“We planned for 2020 to be a big year for Liz and she was excited to play with the Las Vegas Aces and compete for a championship,” Galer said.
Cambage averaged 15.9 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Aces last season — her first with the team.
But Aces general manager Dan Padover seemingly confirmed Cambage would not be part of the team’s plans this season, scheduled to start in Florida at the end of the month.
“Liz is a generational talent and we are going to miss her this season on the court and in the locker room,” he said.
“She has been incredibly active this off-season in the community raising money to support first responders who battled the bushfires in Australia, continuing to shine a light on mental health awareness, and standing at the forefront of the peaceful protests in her country battling social and racial inequality, and I have no doubt that she will continue to do so this summer.”
Teams are expected to head to Florida on Monday to start quarantining before the training camp opens.
About a dozen WNBA players have decided to opt out of playing this year due to a variety of reasons, including health and social advocacy.