Several First-Time Countries in Little League International
Several countries are participating in the Little League International Tournament for the first time, helping to extend the benefits and reach of Little League to more children around the world.
In the Africa and Middle East Region Tournament being played in Kutno, Poland, the Reverend John Foundation Little League of Kampala, Uganda is trying to become the first African team to reach the pinnacle of all youth sports competitions: a berth in the Little League Baseball World Series.
In the recently completed Asia-Pacific Regional Tournament at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, there were two newcomers: BB and SB Confederation of India Little League of Delhi, India, and Hills Little League of Sydney, Australia. The India and Australia National Champions fell short of qualifying to advance out of pool play, as Guam went on the claim the title.
“We’re pleased that these nations have joined the dozens that compete for the highest honor in youth sports each year,” Patrick Wilson, Little League International Vice President of Operations, said. “We have seen tremendous growth internationally in Little League, and we hope the success of these countries will fuel even more growth around the world.”