Canada Players Ratify CLA and NLPTA Agreement

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We all know about the dispute between the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and the National Lacrosse Team Players Association (NLTPA). This dispute has been going on since last fall and has had many wondering if Canada would be able to participate in the 2018 FIL World Games this summer in Israel.

Last weekend the FIL stepped in and came to the table. They stated that both sides needed to come to an agreement, even if it's tentative. Well, both sides came to a tentative agreement earlier this week. The next step was for the agreement to be ratified by the Canadian National Team Players.

The news came out earlier today that the new tentative agreement has been ratified by both parties. Canada will be traveling to Netayna, Israel in July to defend their World Championship title.

Statement from CLA President Joey Harris

“The CLA is pleased to have reached an agreement with the NLTPA that will allow Canada to be represented by its best players in Israel, I’d like to thank both groups for their extraordinary work over these past few months. We negotiated in good faith and in the spirit of compromise to make the necessary commitments to our national team players, while ensuring our organization can continue to deliver on the other elements of our mandate and support our over 60,000 members.”

Statement from NLTPA Representative Gary Gait 
“The players are very thankful to have reached an accord with the CLA that will allow them to represent Canada and defend their World Championship title won in Denver in 2014, Every athlete dreams of representing their country at the highest levels of competition in their sport and this agreement allows the players the opportunity to do just that.”