Di­vide grows be­tween lacrosse or­ga­ni­za­tions

Edmonton Journal - - SPORTS -

The Cana­dian Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion broke off com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Na­tional Lacrosse Team Play­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Mon­day, deep­en­ing a stand­off that threat­ens the coun­try’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the up­com­ing men’s field lacrosse world cham­pi­onship. Canada’s lacrosse play­ers refuse to play in in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments un­til the CLA gets them better health in­sur­ance and takes steps to re-es­tab­lish its sta­tus as a char­ity with the Canada Rev­enue Agency. Play­ers that com­pete for Canada pay for many of their own ex­penses and with­out the char­i­ta­ble sta­tus, the CLA could not is­sue them tax re­ceipts. Canada has par­tic­i­pated in ev­ery world cham­pi­onship since the event’s in­cep­tion in 1967 and is the de­fend­ing cham­pion from the 2014 tour­na­ment in Den­ver.

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