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Uganda youth team denied U.S. visas over age discrepancies

Postby KOFORIDUA » Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:07 pm

Washington (CNN) -- A Ugandan youth baseball team that would have been the first from Africa to play in the Little League World Series was denied visas over players' age discrepancies, the U.S. State Department said.

The Rev. John Foundation Little League team, based in the capital of Kampala, beat a Saudi Arabian team this month at the Middle East and Africa tournament in Poland. That win earned it a spot in the World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in August.

However, the U.S. Embassy in the east African nation denied the team's visa applications.

"Some of the applications included birth records which several parents admitted had been altered to make some players appear younger than they actually are," a State Department spokesman said in a statement Saturday.

The State Department consulted with the Little League association in the United States, which said there was a specific age limit to play in the World Series.

Players over the age limit were disqualified from playing and thus not eligible for visas, the State Department said.

"It is unfortunate, as we were very much looking forward to welcoming the first African team to the Little League Baseball World Series," said Stephen D. Keener, president of the League.

Little League officials will evaluate their options, Keener said in a statement.

The series is from August 18 to August 28. Sixteen teams from all over the world will take part in the race to decide the world champion.

It is unclear how the league will fill the spot occupied by Uganda

source cnn.
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Postby Lion_O_Judah » Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:18 pm

Mmoasem! Them Domican and Mexican little league players are allowed to come here all the time, and they age cheat in little league worst than anybody. Fock outta here.u:twisted: :roll: :arrow:
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Postby Tit 4 Tat » Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:05 pm

Lion_O_Judah wrote:Mmoasem! Them Domican and Mexican little league players are allowed to come here all the time, and they age cheat in little league worst than anybody. Fock outta here.u:twisted: :roll: :arrow:


dude who are you venting your anger against? the news or the system? LoL
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Postby maddock » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:54 am

Where is the Ugandan to come and defend this? I though he said Ugandan's are always on the recieving end of such antics. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby The Ugandan... » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:21 pm

maddock wrote:Where is the Ugandan to come and defend this? I though he said Ugandan's are always on the recieving end of such antics. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Junk journalism. Why not deny visas to the over age kids only? BTW, is this football related?

In case, you missed it, Ugandan parents admitted that some of the players were older than the rules allowed. They did not have to, but did so anyway.
I've never heard of any Ghanaian or other W. African youth player's parent do such a thing. They are not that ahem naive :?: or what's the word ..... open :?: nah ... honest :!: :lol: :lol: :lol: :twisted:

Again mods, is this football related? :)
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Postby FIO » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:36 pm

WOW!!!!! age-cheat thread with no KO? :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Postby FIO » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:49 pm

The Ugandan... wrote:
maddock wrote:Where is the Ugandan to come and defend this? I though he said Ugandan's are always on the recieving end of such antics. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Junk journalism. Why not deny visas to the over age kids only? BTW, is this football related?

In case, you missed it, Ugandan parents admitted that some of the players were older than the rules allowed. They did not have to, but did so anyway.
I've never heard of any Ghanaian or other W. African youth player's parent do such a thing. They are not that ahem naive :?: or what's the word ..... open :?: nah ... honest :!: :lol: :lol: :lol: :twisted:

Again mods, is this football related? :)


LOOK, STOP THAT SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS.. It is what it is... You mean to tell us the parents were so honest and forth-coming but they allowed their kids to apply for the visa?.... Because, if the parents were soo against it, the kids should not be applying for the visa in the first place... :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:
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Re: Uganda youth team denied U.S. visas over age discrepanc

Postby Arrestedinho » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:59 pm

KOFORIDUA wrote:Washington (CNN) -- A Ugandan youth baseball team that would have been the first from Africa to play in the Little League World Series was denied visas over players' age discrepancies, the U.S. State Department said.

The Rev. John Foundation Little League team, based in the capital of Kampala, beat a Saudi Arabian team this month at the Middle East and Africa tournament in Poland. That win earned it a spot in the World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in August.

However, the U.S. Embassy in the east African nation denied the team's visa applications.

"Some of the applications included birth records which several parents admitted had been altered to make some players appear younger than they actually are," a State Department spokesman said in a statement Saturday.

The State Department consulted with the Little League association in the United States, which said there was a specific age limit to play in the World Series.

Players over the age limit were disqualified from playing and thus not eligible for visas, the State Department said.

"It is unfortunate, as we were very much looking forward to welcoming the first African team to the Little League Baseball World Series," said Stephen D. Keener, president of the League.

Little League officials will evaluate their options, Keener said in a statement.

The series is from August 18 to August 28. Sixteen teams from all over the world will take part in the race to decide the world champion.

It is unclear how the league will fill the spot occupied by Uganda

source cnn.

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