— Published 13 October 2023

Africa adds four countries

Proposed as an additional sport at the Los Angeles 2028 Games, lacrosse is gaining ground in Africa. Its international federation, World Lacrosse, has announced that it has accepted four new countries: Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The announcement comes in the same week that the IOC Executive Board is due to vote on the sports programme for the LA 2028 Games, before it is validated by the IOC Session meeting in Mumbai from 15 to 17 October. With these four additions, World Lacrosse now has 90 member national federations. Its growth has been most spectacular in Africa, where the body now has 15 nations, 9 of which joined in 2023 alone. World Lacrosse has announced that it has added a record 11 members worldwide this year, and 17 in the last two calendar years. Over the last decade, the number of its national federations has doubled, with 45 new member countries.