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Three stateless football players and coaches are Thai

Three footballers and the coach stuck in a Thai cave were stateless. Now they have the Thai nationality.

That shared representatives of the local government in the province of Chiang Rai Wednesday. The province is a thousand kilometres from Bangkok and borders on Laos and Myanmar. There live various hill tribes, who are stateless.

The three young people of 13, 14 and 16 years and their 25-year-old football coach put allegedly also an oath. So far, they had in vain Thai applied for citizenship, partly because documents were missing. Two months ago, they had all the necessary papers filed, said Somsak Kanakam, district of Mae Sai. “The procedure went according to the usual rules,” he said. ‘The rescue from the cave offers them no benefit delivered’.

With their identification documents, which the four now in their hands, the youth squad now also invitations for adoption to other teams to visit.

Stuck in cave

The twelve youth soccer players between 11 and 17 years old, and their coach brought on 23 June despite the rainy season, a visit to the caves of Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non in the far north of Thailand. However, they were surprised by the quickly rising water, that the only way out blocked. Only after 17 days were the last of them on July 10, by divers to be free. The whole world followed their exciting and spectacular rescue operation. Currently, a museum is built to the dramatic moments to commemorate.

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