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According to a joint announcement from World Lacrosse and the Canada Lacrosse Association, the 2022 Men’s World Lacrosse Championship has been pulled out of Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Coquitlam was announced as the host for 2022 Men’s World Lacrosse Championship prior to the 2018 Men’s World Championship which took place in Netanya, Israel.
The joint release from World Lacrosse and the CLA states that the organizing committee learned of another organization with additional capacity and the ability to stage the event in a major media market expressed interest in hosting the tournament.
In the release, outgoing tournament chair Cliff Pass said, “Our driving impetus for this decision is the opportunity to allow for the game to receive maximum exposure in a major market as lacrosse looks to return to the Olympic Games.”
“As our sport continues to grow worldwide, and as we pursue the ambition of one day securing a return for lacrosse to the Olympic Games, we must be responsive to unique opportunities that will allow us to showcase our great game and bring it to new and larger audiences— whilst never losing sight of our history and the partners who have elevated our game to unprecedented heights,” said World Lacrosse President Sue Redfern.
The 2022 Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be capped at 30 teams. The 30 teams that make it to the 2022 Championship will have to qualify through qualifying tournaments, much like the FIFA World Cup.
The new host city of the 2022 Men’s World Lacrosse Championship will be announced by World Lacrosse at a later date.