Thai’s 12-member soccer team and their coach who were rescued from a flooded cave are set for their first public appearance since the incident happened.
The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach sparked an international rescue operation after they were trapped inside the flooded Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai. They were hospitalized in Chiang Rai after been rescued.
The Thai government has said they will a lot 45 minutes’ airtime on its “Thailand Moves Forward” for the soccer team’s news conference.
Some Thai television personalities have opined 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
Many of the journalist who had left when the last batch were rescued are already trooping in ahead of the boys’ much anticipated appearance.
The boys, their coach and some rescuers will be asked a series of carefully selected questions that has been submitted in advance, officials said.
“The media know that the children are in a difficult situation, they have overcome peril and if you ask risky questions then it could break the law,” Tawatchai Thaikaew, deputy permanent secretary at the Justice Ministry, told reporters on Wednesday.