[News] British Governement Refuses Iroquois Admittance; Will Miss Tournament
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Thu Jul 15 10:58:21 EDT 2010
Breaking News: British Governement Refuses Iroquois Admittance; Will
Terry Foy July 14th, 2010
After four days of scrambling and hope, the Iroquois Nationals will
not be traveling to Manchester to participate in the 2010 FIL World
Associated Press reported Wednesday night.
The report cited a British Consulate spokeswoman who said that the
United Kingdom would only allow travel on passports they consider
valid, and the Haudenosaunee-issued documents don't meet that standard.
The news comes only hours after the U.S. State Department
a one-time exception to the team's party, guaranteeing them
admittance back into the country upon their return. The decision came
too late Wednesday for the party to procure the proper clearance from
Canadian and British officials
order to board their 4 p.m. flight, but the hope was they'd be able
to arrive in time for a rescheduled start to their tournament on
Friday. According to the
<http://2010worldlacrosse.com/news/1/97>Federation of International
Lacrosse (FIL), if the Iroquois do not arrive in time for Thursday's
7:30 p.m., game against England, they would forfeit.
The FIL said Thursday that England's game with Iroquois has been
changed to a scrimmage against Germany. Sources within the Iroquois
delegation say they're still fighting to get to England, and they may
be trying to set up a scrimmage on Long Island Thursday night if they
still can't get out of New York.
It's a disappointing next step in a highly publicized, nearly
week-long process that's received not only
media attention, but a large outcry from the
lacrosse communities, both of whom cited the hypocrisy of preventing
the team from taking part in a world championship that honored the
legacy of their ancestors and the game they invented.
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