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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2011 > May-August > Arabian-American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to Receive Berth in Little League Baseball World Series

Arabian-American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to Receive Berth in Little League Baseball World Series

Arabian-American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to Receive Berth in Little League Baseball World Series

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Arabian-American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, will receive a berth in the 65th Little League Baseball World Series, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

Arabian-American was the runner-up in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Region, falling 6-4 in the final game to a team from Kampala, Uganda. Citing inconsistencies and discrepancies in the Uganda team's documentation, the U.S. Department of State has denied the team's visa applications.

“It is unfortunate that the kids from the Rev. John Foundation Little League in Uganda will not have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of participating in a Little League Baseball World Series,” Mr. Keener said. “However, the Tournament Committee met and determined, in order to have a 16-team field, we would extend the invitation to the Arabian-American Little League.”

The Little League Baseball World Series begins on Aug. 18, and concludes with the World Championship game on Aug. 28.

“It’s unfortunate that the Uganda team will not have this opportunity,” Neil Wilkey, manager of the Arabian-American Little League team, said. “But we are pleased to have received this invitation, and we are looking forward to playing our first game against the Canada Region champion on Aug. 19.”