— Published 30 May 2023

Brazil joins the big family

With just a few months to go before the next IOC session, where the program for the Los Angeles 2028 Games is due to be finalized, Lacrosse is stepping up a gear. With one objective: to become more universal. Its international federation, World Lacrosse, has announced the arrival of a new member country, Brazil. It becomes the 86th country to join the organization, the 22nd in the Pan-American zone and the 7th in South America, after Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay. In a press release, World Lacrosse points out that it has accepted seven new national federations since the start of the year, on three continents, and thirteen since last year. For the current year, the body has added Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Malta, Sierra Leone and Togo to its list. Over the past decade, World Lacrosse has almost doubled its membership, with the addition of 41 new nations. As a reminder, Lacrosse was selected by the Los Angeles 2028 Games organizing committee in its shortlist of sports likely to be included in the program. The final decision is expected to be announced at the next IOC Session, in October 2023 in Mumbai, India.