Iroquois lacrosse team aims to make Olympic competition under its own flag

It was a battle for the Iroquois Nationals to get to the 2022 World Games, an audition for the Olympics, but now the Iroquois Nations will have to prove to the International Olympic Committee that they represent a sovereign nation distinct from Canada or the United States.

By Laurent Beausoleil THE CANADIAN PRESS Iroquois Nationals lacrosse star Randy Staats was angry at first, but he now says an international snub of his team only fuelled his desire to play on the world stage. Three years ago, the International Olympic Committee granted World Lacrosse, the international federation, provisional recognition. That’s a step toward inclusion in the 2028 Summer Olympic Games, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles. But to make the Olympics, the Iroquois Nationals, strong competitors in other international venues, will have to prove to the International Olympic Committee that they represent a sovereign nation distinct from Canada or the United States. Lacrosse players from the six First Nations that make up the Haudenosaunee Confederacy compete not for Canada or the U.S. – the settler states where…

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