07/23/2018, 09.44
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Chiang Rai, from the caves to the monastery: shaved heads and robes for the 'Wild Boars'

After a difficult rescue operation, lasting nine days, 11 boys will become novices and the coach will be a monk. One of the young players will not join his team mates  because he is a Christian. Several production companies are trying to make a Hollywood-style film about their story.


Chiang Rai (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Almost all the "Wild Boars", the 13 boys rescued from the caves of Tham Luang, this week will embrace the monastic life in a Buddhist ceremony. This is what Prachon Pratsakul, governor of Chiang Rai province, said yesterday.

"They will be ordained for nine days - the official said - Among them, 11 will become novices, while coach Ek [Ekkapol Chantawong] will be a monk".

Praphun Khomjoi, Chiang Rai's chief Buddhist office, said that the boys will have their heads shaved tomorrow and the next day will participate in the robing ceremony; they will remain in different monasteries until next August 4th.

The governor has declared that one of the young players will not join the comrades because he is a Christian. Adul Sam-on, who had first contact with British divers during rescue operations in the cave, is a Protestant catechumen.

The authorities have asked the media to give the football team time to readjust to normal life, but interest in their history remains high. Several production companies are trying to make a Hollywood-style film from their story.

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