September 27, 2021
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Lacrosse Returns to Olympics in 2028—but Will the Sport’s Indigenous Founders Be Allowed to Play?

Miles Thompson of the Iroquois Nationals runs with the ball during a practice and scrimmage against the Ireland team in Commerce City, Colorado, on July 9, 2014. Kent Nishimura/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The Tokyo Olympics offered much of the world a needed reprieve after 18 months of pandemic loss. Now, some fans are looking as far ahead as the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles—and not just because the coronavirus pandemic will, hopefully, be a bygone era. That year is also the year lacrosse is primed to return to the Olympic field after nearly a century.

Lacrosse is more popular than ever before. From elite U.S. suburbs to college quads to Japan and Uganda, it is quickly blossoming into the fastest growing sport on Earth, with 70 nations in its global federation. But its return to the Olympics is…

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