In act of international sportsmanship, athen Irish team has yielded their spot to a Native American Iroquois squad, who had been disqualified due to a technicality.
The eight teams scheduled to play in the International Lacrosse World Championship were selected based on their rankings from the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship. The Iroquois Nationals came in third. Ireland finished 12th.
However, since the Iroquois are not recognized as a sovereign nation and do not have an Olympic Committee, the International World Games Association (IWGA) disqualified them from championship play.
In August, the IWGA reversed the decision, but the schedule had already been predetermined, until Ireland changed that.
Michael Kennedy, the chief executive officer of Ireland Lacrosse said, “It’s simply the right thing to do… As much as our players would have been honored to compete, we know the right thing is for the Iroquois Nationals to represent our sport on this international stage.”
“You have gone above and beyond not only for us, but for what you believe is right,” the Iroquois Nationals tweeted in response. “Your actions have spoken louder than words showing everyone the true power of sport, and the spirit of lacrosse. We will never forget that.”
World Lacrosse Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr said, “Some of the most inspiring gestures in international sport are when athletes from one team reach across and lend their support to athletes from another. That’s exactly what the membership of Ireland Lacrosse have done, and we should all be inspired by their example.”
Source: Good News Network