Australian superstar Liz Cambage has received a ‘formal reprimand’ for her part in an altercation with Nigerian players during a scrimmage on the eve of the Tokyo Olympics.
The incident led to Cambage withdrawing from the Opals squad, citing mental health issues. The Opals were knocked out in the quarter-final stage at Tokyo.
Cambage was referred to an independent hearing for her reported physical and verbal altercation with players on the Nigerian women’s team.
In a statement released by Basketball Australia, Cambage was referred to an Independent Hearing Panel to “determine whether, under the National Framework for Ethical Behaviour and Integrity in Basketball, Elizabeth Cambage engaged in Prohibited Contact”.
“The panel after examination of the evidence before it, determined that Elizabeth Cambage did engage in conduct that brought Basketball Australia into censure in relation to one of the incidents charged. Charges in relation to the three other alleged incidents were dismissed. The Independent Hearing Panel have issued her a formal reprimand.”
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A formal reprimand is the lowest charge that the Independent Hearing Panel can give out with a fine or suspension other options, while she was cleared for the other three allegations.
Both Cambage and Basketball Australia have the opportunity to appeal the reprimand, but neither party intends to do so.
Basketball Australia has not released an official report of the events that took place in the scrimmage behind closed doors between the Opals and Nigeria.
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