World Lacrosse Championship heads to San Diego as sport’s eyes return to the Olympics


World Lacrosse begins to step up efforts to return to the Olympics.

A central element of its strategy: San Diego.

the San Diego Seals and World lacrosse Monday, will announce that the 2023 World Lacrosse Championship will take place in San Diego as the sport attempts to generate buzz for inclusion in the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

This criterion should start to crystallize after the conclusion of the Winter Olympics next month in Beijing. Olympic officials have already added two of SoCal’s niche sports – skateboarding and surfing – as well as sport climbing to the “extra” list for the Paris Games in 2024. Hopes of hosting the World Lacrosse Championship 2023 about two hours south of Los Angeles would help forge the sport’s return to the Olympics for the first time in over a century.

Seals owner Joseph Tsai, who also owns the NBA Brooklyn Nets, is expected to be in attendance for Monday’s 3 p.m. press conference at Snapdragon Stadium.

“This is an opportunity to showcase the sport in a growing lacrosse home in Southern California,” said Seals President Steve Govett, “to show the growth of the game in the shadow of LA 2028. . “

World Lacrosse initially announced that it was withdrawing its bid to host the 2022 World Championship in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, in October 2019. The pandemic has pushed the event back to 2023, when it will be held in at least three locations in San Diego: Snapdragon Stadium, San Diego State Main Campus, and USD.

UC San Diego could be added as the fourth venue for the event.

The World Lacrosse Championship is scheduled to be held from June 21 to July 1 of next year, with 30 countries scheduled to participate in some 150 games.

Beyond the main event, 300 to 350 teams, from youth to masters, super masters and grand masters are also expected to descend on San Diego this summer as the Seals help host the inaugural Lacrosse World Championship. west of Denver.

The championships were last held in 2018 in Israel.

Lacrosse was the last Olympic event in London in 1908 and the last time a demonstration sport in 1948, also in London.

The Seals, who play box lacrosse at Pechanga Arena, started playing in San Diego as part of the National Lacrosse League in 2019 only to see their inaugural season delayed by a labor dispute and their second and third campaigns interrupted by the pandemic.

Current Seals players who will compete at previous World Lacrosse Championships include former No. 1 overall pick Austin Staats (Iroquois), Canadians Tre Leclaire and Wesley Berg and Americans Mac O’Keefe, Eli Gobrecht and Mark Glicini.

“At the end of the day, lacrosse is not a mainstream sport,” Govett said of the Seals’ upcoming work with the World Lacrosse Championship. “So our job and the number 1 pillar of our strategic goal is to market the game at a world lacrosse event. From a global perspective, welcoming the world to San Diego is paramount for us to continue touching pillars such as awareness and education for the growth of the game.

“If we get more kids to play through the exhibition of the world’s best players in town, that’s a huge win for us. “


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