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Taiwan withdraws from Little League WS

The crowds in Williamsport, Pa., used to boo when the team from Taiwan took the field for another Little League World Series title run.

Now, after 12 championships in 23 years and numerous blowout victories, Taiwan is quitting Little League baseball over a rule dispute.

"I think that Taiwan looks to it as a symbol of pride," said David Tsai of the Center for Taiwan International Relations in Washington.

Little League officials said Wednesday that Taiwan broke league rules by drawing its players from an area with too large a population, even though they came from a single school.

Representatives from the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association, the governing body in Taiwan, met with Little League officials April 1 to discuss violations.

League rules restrict teams from drawing players from areas with a population larger than 20,000. Since 1992, high-density areas have been able to tie their leagues to school populations; one league is permitted per 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through seventh grade.

In Taiwan, single leagues were pulling from schools with more than 3,000 children, said a Little Leage spokesman.