Saudi Arabia headed to Little League WS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- A youth baseball team from Saudi Arabia received a berth to the Little League World Series after a squad from Uganda was denied visas because of discrepancies over players' ages and birth dates.
The Little League World Series made the announcement on Tuesday.
The Arabian-American team from Dhahran had lost last month to the Rev. John Foundation team from Kampala, which won the Little League's Middle East and Africa region and advanced to the World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.
"It's unfortunate that the Uganda team will not have this opportunity," Neil Wilkey, manager of the Arabian-American Little League team, said in a statement. "But we are pleased to have received this invitation, and we are looking forward to playing our first game against the Canada Region champion on Aug. 19."
The State Department last week said some visa applications for Ugandan players included birth records altered to make players appear younger. Youth ages 11 or 12 as of April 30 can play in the World Series, which runs Aug. 18-28.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.