(CARBONDALE, PA) 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.
—Stan Cockerton, FIL President
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.”
SportAccord’s mission is to UNITE and SUPPORT its members in the co-ordination and protection of their common aims and interests, while conserving and respecting their autonomy.
SportAccord is the umbrella organization for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations as well as organizers of international sporting events.
SportAccord members benefit from various services which support an ethical and socially responsible sports movement that adheres to principles of good governance and sustainability.
We encourage and facilitate knowledge sharing among members and provide expertise in relevant areas such as anti-doping, social responsibility, integrity, digital media. By establishing various multi-sports games that group together similar sports, we aim to promote our members and increase their visibility.
As an organization, we identify with the key values of neutrality, transparency and accountability while promoting sport’s ability to contribute to positive change in communities.
About the FIL
The Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) is the international governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. The FIL currently sanctions five World Championships (women’s and men’s field, women’s and men’s U19 field and men’s indoor). The FIL is responsible for the governance and integrity of all forms of lacrosse and provides responsive and effective leadership to support the sports’ development throughout the world.