3 September 2020, Dublin, Ireland –
As announced by World Lacrosse, we have voluntarily vacated our Men’s Senior National team’s position in The World Games 2022. In light of the confirmation recently provided by the International World Games Association (IWGA) that the Iroquois Nationals are eligible for selection to compete in TWG 2022, we have vacated our position in the eight-team tournament to ensure that there are no barriers to the Iroquois Nationals entry to the tournament.
World Lacrosse is utilizing the final placement of eligible teams from the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship to determine the field of men’s teams for TWG 2022 — which is subject to final approval by the IWGA. Ireland finished 12th in the 2018 World Championship, while the Iroquois Nationals finished third, but the Nationals were not eligible due to IWGA sovereignty rules. Scotland and England compete together (alongside Wales) under the Team GB moniker, and Puerto Rico and Philippines are not eligible as associate members of World Lacrosse.
We are doing so to ensure a pathway for the Iroquois National Team to compete in every format and iteration of international competition, regardless of governing body.
We look forward to the next steps, and announcements by the International World Games Association and World Lacrosse.
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