Sports Petition calls for boycott of world lacrosse games after Iroquois Nationals excluded

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A petition with more than 12,000 signatures on it is circulating on social media asking eight countries to withdraw from the 2022 world lacrosse games scheduled for Birmingham, Alabama in 2022 after the Iroquois Nationals were left out of the tournament.

The petition was started by Aidan Fearn, 18, a lacrosse player himself from Glooscap First Nation in Nova Scotia and asks Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, United States, Czech Republic, Israel and New Zealand to “unite in support” and “refuse to participate.”

“Qualifications for the World games was based primarily on final placement in 2017 (women’s) and 2018 (men’s) World championships organized by the Federation of International Lacrosse, now World Lacrosse,” the petition states.

“The Iroquois Nationals men finished 3rd and are full members, like other countries included. But they have not received an invite despite placing third. Teams ranked lower have been selected instead.”

Fearn is hoping the petition works.

“The whole idea behind this petition is to kind of write to the World Games and to show that the whole entire lacrosse community — not just the Indigenous folks are kind of behind the idea and supporting that this isn’t right,” Fearn told APTN News.



Read more here. (APTN News)
 
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