THE Manager of Moo Pa (Wild Boars) Academy confirmed that he will definitely not sell the team comprising the 12 rescued boys and their coach even though big global clubs are interested, Thai News Agency reported today (July 21, 2018).
After news spread that the Wild Boars team is being sold, Mr Kittipong Intaechai,the academy’s vice president and manager, came out to say that no matter how many millions are offered, the team will not be sold.
He pointed out that the objective of setting up this team is to develop the potential of the children living in northern Chiang Rai province’s Mae Sai district and not commerce.
He also warned the public that imposters have produced Wild Boars team souvenirs for sale, but in fact up to this point the academy had not produced any at all.
He added that the website of Bayern Munich football club posted news of Javier “Javi” Martínez Aginaga, the Spanish footballer who plays defensive midfielder in the German team, having sent 13 club jerseys to the boys and their coach, with a message that he is happy they are all out of the hospital and have returned home.
Meanwhile Mr Thanya Netithamkul, the director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said Environment Minister Gen Surasak Kanchanarak will be presiding over a meeting to rehabilitate Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park on Wednesday July 25.
All concerned units, including Chiang Rai provincial officials and Rural Roads and Royal Irrigation department officials, will be participating.
Mr Thanya added that his department has drafted both short- and long-term plans to rehabilitate this forest park and improve its landscape to turn it into a tourist attraction.
Top: The Wild Boars playing football. Photo: Thai News Agency
Below: Bayern Munich club jerseys. Photo: Thai News Agency