June 24, 2013

FIL Welcomed as Member of IWGA

from press release

The International World Games Association (IWGA) welcomed the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) as one of the three new members to their Association. The delegates representing the 33 members of the IWGA voted in favor of admitting the FIL and the International Floorball Federation (IFF) and the International Muaythai Federation Amateur (IMFA), expanding their membership to 36 member federations.

Ron Froehlich, IWGA President, welcomed the increase in IWGA membership. The IWGA is continuing to look for new sport federations to become a part of the international community of sport.

Tom Hayes, Director of FIL Development, and Ron Balls, Director of FIL Finance, represented the FIL for President Stan Cockerton at the IWGA General Assembly. Hayes and Ball made a presentation to IWGA delegates in support of the application that included a five minute film on lacrosse in the FIL. The film highlighted the rules of the game, action footage from events, and film from various clinics conducted from our newest countries. The film was enthusiastically received by the IWGA membership as some federations had not seen the game of lacrosse previously.

The admission to the IWGA makes the FIL eligible for the 10th World Games in Wroclaw, Poland in 2017. The IWGA quadrennial event includes multi-sports from the total membership and is formatted similar to the Olympics.


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