The Mu Pa (“Wild Boars”) football club have accepted the invite by IOC President Thomas Bach to take part in the Youth Olympic Games that kick off next week in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The 13-strong team will travel to the Argentine capital with their parents to attend the Youth Olympic Games from 4 to 9 October and are invited to watch the Opening Ceremony − which will be the first of its kind to take place outside a stadium − and the various sports competitions.
The IOC President, who will meet the team during their visit said: “We are very happy they accepted our invitation to come to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. I am sure they will be warmly welcomed by all the athletes from all 206 National Olympic Committees, and being in the Youth Olympic Village will be an enrichment both for them and the other athletes. We also plan to organise a football game for them so that they can not only enjoy the life in the Village, but also demonstrate their sporting skills.”
The “Wild Boars” team captured world attention in June when they were trapped for almost two weeks inside a flooded cave in the Chang Rai province of Thailand. IOC President Thomas Bach commented: “The ‘Wild Boars’ showed great strength and resilience - truly Olympic values. This is why I asked them to come to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires to share their experiences with other young athletes.”I am sure they will be warmly welcomed by all the athletes from all 206 National Olympic Committees, and being in the Youth Olympic Village will be an enrichment both for them and the other athletes.Thomas Bach IOC President
The Youth Olympic Games takes place in Buenos Aires from 6 to 18 October 2018. For more information, go to www.buenosaires2018.com