Tea Israel Association of Baseball and the Dubai Little League are jointly planning a Field of Peace tournament with the 12-and-under national teams of Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
The first series of games will take place, Covid allows, March 21-25 in Dubai Little League Park. The teams will meet again next autumn in Tel Aviv.
Invitations have also been extended to teams from other Gulf countries to participate in the tournament, where teams will play for the Unity Cup.
“We live together to develop the baseball game in Israel and Dubai as a basis for peace and cooperation between our countries,” IAB President Jordy Alter and Dubai Little League President Roger Duthie said in a joint statement. “We see this as a big step forward. … We hope these games lead to further regional cooperation. ”
Saeed Mohammad Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council, said: “I can think of nothing better than to make children represent the bright future we look forward to growing together. The Dubai Sports Council is proud to support this initiative, which is a testament to the amazing volunteers from the Dubai Little League and the Israel Association of Baseball. ”
The Dubai Little League has over 400 players aged four to 18 playing baseball and softball in Dubai. IAB runs teams for ages six to adult, as well as Israel Baseball Academy for 14- to 21-year-old outstanding players, and Le’Kulam baseball program that brings together Jewish Israel and Arab Israeli sixth graders.