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Lawmakers try to keep refugee student in Baton Rouge on the field

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(RICHARD ALAN HANNON, AP) (RICHARD ALAN HANNON, AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A campaign to keep a Ugandan refugee on the football team at a Baton Rouge high school has shifted into a debate at the Louisiana Capitol.

Lawmakers are fighting to keep Clement Mubungirwa (moo-boon-GEAR-a) on the field after family friends sought help in overturning a Louisiana High School Athletic Association decision.

The association refused in March to waive a rule that says students turning 19 before September cannot play sports. Mubungirwa's 19th birthday is in July. The association says it's never granted an exception because of safety and fairness concerns.

Lawmakers say Mubungirwa's war-torn life story deserves special consideration.

New Orleans Rep. Neil Abramson has gone so far as to threaten legislation that would that would deny LHSAA use of the Louisiana Superdome for championships unless it lets Mubungirwa play.


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