Three young soccer players and their coach, who were rescued with other teammates after almost three weeks in a flooded cave, were granted Thai citizenship on Wednesday. Nopparat Kanthawong, the head coach of the Wild Boars team, said the four received official Thai ID cards along with another teammate who had not been in the cave but also applied for citizenship. "If they have Thai citizenship, in the future, if they don't want to play they can take exams to become public officials or find good work that is related to their field of studies," he said. Nopparat said he submitted documentation on Wednesday to help apply for citizenship for seven other Wild Boar players who are stateless. The group says stateless people in Thailand are unable to vote, buy land, seek legal employment, work in certain occupations or travel freely.
Source: ABC News August 08, 2018 13:40 UTC