Editor’s note: US Lacrosse’s CEO Steve Stenersen issued a letter to the FIL member nations and delegates with regards to the FIL decision to exclude the Iroquois Nationals from the Blue Division at the World Championship 2014 in Denver. Here is what he has to say, from the point of view of the FIL member nation in the Blue division, and as the host of the upcoming World Championship:
Subject: US Lacrosse Position Relative to Iroquois Nationals Controversy
Dear Fellow FIL Member Nations & Delegates:
Please accept this communication as the formal position of US Lacrosse relative to the current Iroquois Nationals controversy.
US Lacrosse is very disappointed that the Iroquois Nationals will not be competing in the Blue Division of the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men’s World Championship because their lacrosse team is one of the world’s best and represents the very essence of our sport.
Additionally, given the significant human and financial resource investment US Lacrosse is making to stage an event of this magnitude, we believe the absence of the Iroquois Nationals from the Blue Division is not in the best interest of the event’s success. And, we remain very concerned about the impact that growing negative public relations concerning this issue will have on the event, the FIL and our sport.
US Lacrosse has expressed this position to the FIL Board of Directors, and we remain hopeful that the FIL and its member nations are able to determine a reasonable solution that will address these concerns.