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Lacrosse Announced as Official Sport for the 2021 World Games in Birmingham, AL, USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEBANGKOK – It has been announced that Lacrosse will once again appear in the World Games. At the International World Games Association’s (IWGA) General Assembly during the SportAccord summit in Bangkok, Thailand, the IWGA published its Sports Program for the World Games 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama approving Lacrosse as an official sport.  3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries will compete in 30 official sports when the World Games return to the United States for the first time since 1981.

“It is a great honor to be selected to the program for the Birmingham 2021 World Games,” said FIL President Sue Redfern. “Every international Games inclusion is important for the growth of our sport worldwide. Our sport is growing exponentially across the globe and the inclusion of Lacrosse into the Birmingham 2021 World Games is fantastic news.  FIL is very pleased that Men’s Field Lacrosse will be played in 2021 now as well.”

Lacrosse will feature 8 teams for both the Men and the Women’s competitions.  Additional details will be released when available.  The Birmingham 2021 World Games will be the first summer version in the United States since Santa Clara hosted the multi-sport event in 1981.

“This is a big day for The World Games, and for Birmingham,” said DJ Mackovets, CEO of The World Games 2021 Birmingham. “We’re excited to bring these sports – some of which likely will be new and unique to sports fans – to our city. But more importantly, we’re thrilled about Birmingham’s opportunity to shine on an international stage.

Sports at The World Games 2021:

Artistic & Dance Sport
DanceSport (WDSF)
Gymnastics (FIG)

Martial Arts
Ju-Jitsu (JJIF)
Karate (WKF)
Kickboxing (WAKO)
Muaythai (IFMA)
Sumo (IFS)

Ball Sports
Canoe (ICF)
Fistball (IFA)
Floorball (IFF)
Handball (IHF)
Korfball (IKF)
Lacrosse (FIL)
Racquetball (IRF)
Softball (WBSC)
Squash (WSF)

Precision Sports
Archery (WA)
Billiards (WCBS)
Boules Sports (CMSB)
Bowling (WB)

Strength Sports
Powerlifting (IPF)
Tug of War (TWIF)

Trend Sports
Air Sports (FAI)
Finswimming (CMAS)
Flying Disc (WFDF)
Lifesaving (ILS)
Orienteering (IOF)
Roller Sports (World Skate)
Sport Climbing (IFSC)
Waterski & Wakeboard (IWWF)

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The 11thedition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 15-25 July 2021.

Media Contact:
Jim Scherr, CEO
Phone: 719.330.4029

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