STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A representative for the league affiliated with a youth baseball team from Uganda tells The Associated Press that players were denied visas to play in the Little League World Series because of discrepancies over their ages and birth dates.
Richard Stanley, of New York City, told The AP Friday that league and team officials did everything possible to ensure players on the team from Kampala were qualified and had documentation. Children who are 11 or 12 as of April 30 can play in the World Series, which is held each August.
Stanley says issues arose when birth dates listed on documentation didn’t match ones offered by parents or guardians during interviews with U.S. visa officials.
A State Department spokesman says it’s policy to not discuss visa cases publicly
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