Thai Soccer Team Rescued From Flooded Cave Invited To Watch 2018 World Cup Finals

By John Carlo A. Villaruel
on Jul 11, 2018 09:45 AM EDT
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Thailand's youth soccer team is set to miss out on FIFA's invitation to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

FIFA said that the Football Association of Thailand informed them that the team won't make it into Russia due to medical reasons. It can be brought to mind that members of the Thai soccer team were trapped in a cave for 17 days due to heavy rains and flooding in Northern Thailand.

Two days ago, eight boys were rescued from the rising water levels. The last four players and their 25-year-old coach were rescued on Tuesday hence ending the operation that spanned for over two weeks.

The team known as the Wild Boars were trapped last June 23 after checking on a cave complex located in the province of Chiang Rai. The 12 players and their coach are currently rehabilitating in a hospital. Public health secretary Dr. Jesada Chokedamrongsuk said that the team will likely watch the World Cup on television since they will need more time to recuperate.

"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a FIFA event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration." FIFA said.

The leaders of FIFA are set to meet with the officials of the Thailand soccer team in Moscow in the World Cup final. FIFA and A.S. Roma also sent their condolences on a Thai Navy SEAL diver who risked his life to bring oxygen to the team. The diver was later identified as Saman Kuman.

Soccer World Shows Support To Thai Players

FC Bayern expressed their happiness upon hearing the successful rescue of the young booters and their coach. Celebrated English defender Kyle Walker was also delighted to hear the news citing that he is hoping to send shirts to the team.

"I'd like to send out shirts to them! Is there anyone who can help with an address?" an excited Walker wrote on Twitter.

French midfielder Paul Pogba threw his support to the victims of the terrible incident describing the team as strong and the heroes of the day. Manchester United also sent their prayers to victims affected by the incident before inviting the Wild Boars and its rescuers to Old Trafford in the next months. Eight years ago, Manchester United played host to a program that featured a plethora of miners from Chile who were stuck underground for 10 weeks before being rescued. 

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