SYDNEY (AP) — Basketball Australia has rejected a legal bid from China-based star Elizabeth Cambage for reinstatement to the Australia women’s team which will play New Zealand in an Olympic qualifying series later this month.
Cambage was omitted from the team when she attended a music festival last month rather than a national training camp. The star center, who recently returned from a 10-month layoff with a ruptured Achilles tendon, was required to attend one of two sessions to receive medical clearance ahead of a three-match warm-up series against Japan.
Basketball Australia confirmed Monday it had received submissions from Cambage’s legal representatives which demanded her reinstatement. It said after considering a number of factors that “it will not reinstate Cambage to the Opals squad.”
Basketball Australia said Cambage would continue to receive the support of its medical staff.
“Basketball Australia is firmly of the view that national team representation is a great privilege for those athletes who make themselves available for selection,” it said in a statement.
“The very nature of team sport is such that are no certainties or entitlements in selection and every place on a national team is earned.”
Australia plays New Zealand at Melbourne on Aug. 15 and at Tauranga, New Zealand on Aug. 17. The winner will represent the Oceania region in next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.