Zimbabwe becomes latest nation to join World Lacrosse family ahead of Los Angeles 2028 Olympics

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World Lacrosse has announced four new African members as the sport continues to grow after being named among the five sports codes which have been approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board for inclusion at the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.

Zimbabwe is one of the four new additions together with Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia as the International Federation now boasts 90 National Federations.

The incoming class brings the number of federations in the Africa Association of Lacrosse to 15. World Lacrosse has added a record 11 members in 2023 and 17 in the last two calendar years.

“I am excited to welcome these four countries into our global community and into the rapidly growing Africa Association of Lacrosse,” World Lacrosse chief executive Jim Scherr said.

“We remain committed to the development of lacrosse in Africa across a diverse Continental Federation, and we are thrilled for these new members to pick up and enjoy the game.”

This year saw the governing body add 11 new members.

In March, they welcomed Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Malta, Sierra Leone and Togo.

“I am excited to welcome these four countries into our global community and into the rapidly growing Africa Association of Lacrosse (AAL). We remain committed to the development of lacrosse in Africa across a diverse Continental Federation, and we are thrilled for these new members to pick up and enjoy the game,” World Lacrosse CEO Jim Scherr said.

“We have added nine nations to our membership this year and now have considerable hotbeds of development in three distinct regions of Africa: west, east and south.”

Rufus Ntiamoah, World Lacrosse manager of sport in Africa, said: “I am pleased to welcome four new members from the south of Africa to our strong lacrosse family. We have added nine nations to our membership this year and now have considerable hotbeds of development in three distinct regions of Africa: west, east and south. We will continue our growth altogether as well as through these regions behind the ongoing work of the AAL.”

Six-a-side teams have been proposed for the Los Angeles 2028 programme.

It will be the sport’s third appearance at the Games after St Louis 1904 and London 1908.

Canadian teams emerged victorious on both occasions.

Shamrock Lacrosse Team took gold in 1904, defeating the St. Louis Amateur Athletic Association of the United States 8-2 in the final.

Four years later, Canada beat Britain 14-10 for the title.

It featured as a demonstration sport at Amsterdam 1928, Los Angeles 1932, and London 1948.

Apart from lacrosse, cricket, baseball and softball, flag football, and squash received thumbs up from the IOC Executive Board yesterday.

Modern pentathlon with obstacle racing and weightlifting have also been restored to the programme but there is no clarity over the status of boxing.

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