The Federation of International Lacrosse has been accepted as the 106th member of SportAccord. This decision took place at the annual General Assembly of SportAccord meeting on May 25th in Quebec City, Canada.
President Stan Cockerton and Development Director, Tom Hayes were in attendance and President Stan Cockerton presented the acceptance speech on behalf of the Federation of International Lacrosse.
The first step in the pathway toward Olympic recognition
Tom Hayes, FIL Director of Development
SportAccord is the umbrella organization for all Olympic, non-Olympic, and international sports federations. "Renamed SportAccord in 2009, the former General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF)…the purpose of SportAccord is not to replace the IFs, ASOIF, AIOWF or ARISF, nor to step on their respective autonomy and authority; it is about uniting the world of sport. SportAccord fully recognizes the IOC and the Olympic Movement’s authority; it is and will remain a loyal partner in the achievements of the Olympic Movement objectives."
The FIL sees its membership with SportAccord as an opportunity for increased cooperation, access to services and promotion as well as being the first step in the pathway toward Olympic recognition. SportAccord President, Hein Verbruggen, warmly welcomed the FIL as its newest federation and FIL President Cockerton responded to the acceptance with an expression of gratitude for acceptance stating "this is a very exciting day for FIL. We are honored to become a SportAccord member, and will continue to strive forward in our pursuit of the Olympic dream."