Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 30, 2011

QUESTION: What information can we provide regarding the travel of a team from Uganda to the Little League World Series?

ANSWER: The Rev. John Foundation Little League team from Kampala, Uganda submitted visa applications to travel to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Some of the applications included birth records which several parents admitted had been altered to make some players appear younger than they actually are.

The Department consulted closely with the Little League Association in the United States who advised that there were specific age limitations to play in the Little League World Series. Thus, those applicants who were over age did not qualify to play and consequently did not qualify for a visa for that purpose.

The State Department supports international sports competitions and welcomes the applications of any player who meets the competition organizer's rules for participation.

PRN: 2011/1261