2011-08-04 / Sports

Little League Says Ugandan Team Denied U.S Visas

By Genaro C. Armas
ASSOCIATED PRESS

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (AP) – A youth baseball team from Uganda has been denied visas to enter the United States.

The Ugandans would have been the first team from Africa to play at the Little League World Series, a high-profile annual tournament for young players.

The U.S. State Department declined to give a reason for the decision, other than to say that the team’s documentation “contained discrepancies.

The Rev. John Foundation Little League team from Kampala won the Middle East and Africa region tournament, played in Poland, with a 6-4 win July 16 over the Arabian American Little League team from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It was the first time in the 65- year history of the World Series that a team from Africa had advanced that far.

The tournament begins Aug. 18 in South Williamsport and ends Aug. 28.

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