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IOC Executive Board Recommends Granting Full Recognition to World Lacrosse

Olympic Committee Executive Board Recommends Lacrosse

World Lacrosse took another major step  forward in its continued growth and development today, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board approved a recommendation from the IOC Sports Department to grant Full Recognition to the international federation for men’s and women’s lacrosse. 

One final step remains in the process in order for World Lacrosse to gain Full  Recognition, which is a vote by the IOC Membership accepting the recommendation of  the IOC Executive Board.  That vote could take place as early as July 2021 at the IOC  Session immediately prior to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

The grant of Full Recognition by the IOC would ensure World Lacrosse maintains its  status as a member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports  Federations (ARISF). Additionally, World Lacrosse would continue to be eligible to  receive financial support through the IOC Development Program and would benefit from  access to IOC meetings, educational seminars, publications and other resources. 

In November 2018, World Lacrosse was granted Provisional Recognition by the IOC, a  significant first step toward gaining Full Recognition. Two years later, in November  2020, the IOC Sports Department initiated a comprehensive review and evaluation  process of World Lacrosse, which included a submission of more than 500 pages of  material and several virtual meetings with leaders in the IOC Sports Department.

This is a tremendous vote of confidence by the International Olympic Committee  Executive Board in the direction of our sport and our international federation, and we  are deeply grateful for the consideration. As an international federation, we have ambitious goals for the continued  growth of our game around the world.  Equally, we are committed to being a trusted and  valued partner to the IOC and other international federations across sport.  Today’s vote  by the IOC Executive Board is an indication we are on the right path. In addition to expressing our appreciation to the IOC Executive Board, we congratulate our partners in international sport who also received favorable reviews today

World Lacrosse President Sue Redfern

At every juncture – first for Provisional Recognition and now for Full Recognition – the  IOC evaluation processes have made us a better, more effective international  federation. The  evaluations are rigorous, but they show us what we can achieve as an organization by  placing sport at the service of humanity. While today’s decision by the IOC Executive Board represents yet another important  milestone for World Lacrosse, we will not rest or stand still. This is a catalyst that will  drive and shape our efforts to continue expanding opportunities for participation in  lacrosse and improving our capabilities as an international federation.

World Lacrosse Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr
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