Opals call for social change in basketball

Elizabeth Cambage [bottom] and her Opals teammates forced Basketball Australia into action with their powerful statement Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Basketball Australia has released a Reconciliation Action Plan and pledged its support to the Black Lives Matter movement as the women's national team, the Opals, called for change within the sport in Australia.

WNBA star Liz Cambage posted a picture of the team to Instagram on Thursday morning, presenting the Opals' position in the wake of the anti-racism movement sweeping the world.

"We as an Opals playing group stand in support of our Black and Indigenous players and will not be training until we see support and change from our sporting organisation @basketballaus!! We say enough is enough!! #blacklivesmatter," Cambage's post read.

Basketball Australia responded on Twitter Thursday with a link to a statement which was published on Sunday, saying basketball in Australia had long been enriched by the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In a statement provided to ESPN on Thursday, Basketball Australia said it condemns racism and discrimination "in all its forms".

"Basketball Australia [has] reinforced our solidarity with black communities, here at home and around the world, in proclaiming that Black Lives Matter," it said.

"Basketball Australia is committed to eliminating racism and discrimination, and acknowledges we all have a role in building a more tolerant and just society.

"We are in dialogue with the Opals' playing group on this significant global and local matter.

"Under the leadership of our Co-Chairs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members Paul Vandenbergh and Cilla Preece we have developed a Reconciliation Action Plan which is now with Reconciliation Australia. We have also commenced the development of a Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which highlights cultural diversity as a key pillar of our framework.

"This is important work and it takes time. It requires difficult conversations and it must be supported by action."