Lacrosse Growing in Mongolia

As we just watched the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championship’s in July we saw 46 countries compete. While there were many old foes there we also saw a lot of new teams making their international debuts. The growth of lacrosse at the international level has never been better as it is growing on every continent. 
One country that we did not see compete was Mongolia. The Mongolian Lacrosse Federation was just created a couple of years ago and is currently growing. They are trying to help spread the game of lacrosse in Mongolia but are still in the growing stages. Mongolia is an affiliate member of the Asia Pacific Lacrosse Union (APLU) which is the governing body for lacrosse in Asia. They have been an affiliate member since June of 2017. 
I was able to catch up with Mongolian Lacrosse Federation Chariman, Khaidar Zorgi, through email for some Q&A.

Q&A With Khaidar Zorgi

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How did lacrosse in Mongolia start?

Pure enthusiasm of the founders.  

What is currently being done to grow the game over there in Mongolia?

Promotional activities among children and adults.

What are the biggest hurdles to growing the game in Mongolia?

Lack of knowledge of the game and infrastructure, players and referees.

What is the most enjoyable part about growing lacrosse in a country like Mongolia?

The challenge to develop this game. Potential of growth. 

What is the main goal for Mongolia lacrosse at the moment?

To set up two teams that will at least start training and practicing the game. 

Roughly, how many people would you say you all have impacted with lacrosse?

Around 10-20. 

What does the future look like for lacrosse in Mongolia?

We believe the game will grow fast very soon. 

How can people outside of Mongolia help support you all’s mission?

We need guidance, experience that volunteer coaches, referees and players can share with us. And of course, even 2-hand equipment will be helpful. 

If you would be interested in helping out the folks over in Mongolia please go check out their facebook page for more information.

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