The State Department: Doing Its Part To Ensure That The World’s Quota Of Crying Little Leaguers Is Met Ahead Of Schedule
Today in depressing news that is unfair: a youth baseball team from Uganda, one that would have been the first squad from Africa to compete in the Little League World Series, has been denied visas to enter the United States.
According to a statement out of Little League headquarters in South Williamsport, Pa., the State Department declined to give a reason for the decision, other than to say the documentation provided by the team "contained discrepancies."
Little League vice president Patrick Wilson said the ruling was considered final, and that the organization hopes to make a decision within a week about how to proceed with the World Series, which begins Aug. 18 and goes until the 28th.
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.
And just when you thought there was nothing as uncompromised and guiltless as kids playing baseball... bureaucracy!
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