Thai boys, coach to make first televised appearance after cave rescue

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Thai boys, coach to make first televised appearance after cave rescue

The news conference will be aired on the government-run show ‘Thailand Moves Forward’ on Wednesday

The 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave will make their first public appearance on Wednesday when they hold a nationally-televised news conference in Chiang Rai.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach sparked an international rescue effort after they became trapped inside the flooded Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai.

The boys and their coach have been in hospital in Chiang Rai since they were rescued.

“I pass the hospital where the children are staying every day and every day I say a prayer to thank Lord Buddha for their return,” said Duang, a noodle vendor, who only wanted to be identified by her first name.

The Thai government will allot 45 minutes’ airtime on its “Thailand Moves Forward” for the soccer team’s news conference.

The show, which will be recorded at Chiang Rai’s provincial hall at around 6 p.m. local time after the evening national anthem, will also be broadcast live across dozens of channels.

Some Thai television personalities joked that the boys will help ratings of the otherwise dull television show, which is usually reserved for monotonous conversations about the military government’s performance.

This is the story all Thais want to hear. Don’t switch it off, don’t put it on mute,” joked a presenter VOICE TV, a television station that is often critical of the military government.

“It should help the Thailand Moves Forward show’s ratings shoot through the roof,” he added.

The soccer team’s rescue operation drew global media attention and hundreds of journalists to the scene.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from a The Hindu.)

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