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Australian women's basketball national team line up for photo session before the match during the international friendly against Japan on July 27, 2014 in Kaminoyama, Japan.

BASKETBALL: Huge injury blows have hurt Australia's hopes at the women's basketball world championship but not their ambition.

Liz Cambage #14 of Australia looks to move the ball in the post in the first half against Tina Charles #14 of United States during the Women's Basketball semifinal on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena.

BASKETBALL: Injury has ruled Australian basketball star Liz Cambage out of the World Championship in a massive blow for the women's national team and the London Olympian.

Head coach Sandy Brondello of the Phoenix Mercury celebrates with teammates after defeating the Minnesota Lynx 96-78 in game three of the WNBA Western Conference Finals. Phoenix went on to win the WNBA title for 2014.

BASKETBALL: Four-time Olympian Sandy Brondello claimed a slice of basketball history, becoming the first Australian coach to win a WNBA championship

Leilani Mitchell of Australia drives the ball during the women's basketball international friendly match between Japan and Australia at Kamiyama City Sports and Cultural Center on July 27, 2014 in Kaminoyama, Japan.

BASKETBALL: Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Team to compete at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey.

Boomers forward Joe Ingles against Turkey at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Barcelona.

BASKETBALL: Two three-pointers in the final minute has guided Turkey to a 65-64 win over the Australian Men's Basketball Team in the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Barcelona this morning.

Lauren Jackson #15 attempts a free throw in the first half against Russia during the Women's Basketball Bronze Medal game on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 11, 2012 in London, England.

BASKETBALL: Australian star Lauren Jackson has been forced to withdraw from the 2014 FIBA World Championships campaign in order to undertake further rehabilitation for her knee injury.

Kyle Chalmers, Nic Brown, Nic Groenewald and Grayson Bell have qualified for the men's 4x100m freestyle relay final.

SWIMMING: Australia has had another successful morning at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, qualifying for another two semi finals (women’s 50m butterfly, men’s 50m freestyle) and two finals (women’s 200m backstroke, men’s 4x100m freestyle relay) tonight.

Ian Baker-Finch of Australia watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during day one the 2010 Australian Senior Open at Royal Perth Golf Club on November 19, 2010 in Perth, Australia.

RIO 2016: Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission, Kitty Chiller has used the two-years-to Rio countdown to name the next crop of Team Leaders for the 2016 Olympic Games, headlined by golfing great and 1991 winner of The Open, Ian Baker-Finch.

Yao Ming of China dunks over Leonel Paulo of Angola during the Men's Preliminary Round Group A basketball game at the Olympic Basketball Gymnasium during day 6 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 14, 2008.

NANJING 2014: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced Yao Ming as the latest Ambassador for this summer’s 2nd Youth Olympic Games (YOG) taking place in Nanjing, China.

Joe Ingles of the Boomers in action during the third match between the Australian Boomers and the New Zealand Tall Blacks at Sydney Entertainment Centre on September 11, 2011.

BASKETBALL: Some of the game’s biggest names have been included in the Australian 17-man squad for the road to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, tipping off in late August.