International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has sent a letter of congratulations to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on the successful operation to rescue the Wild Boars football players from the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai.
Bach, like many other major sports figures around the world, has been concerned about the 12 youngsters and their coach, who were brought out of the cave over three consecutive days, ending on Tuesday evening.
“It is with great joy and relief that I heard the fantastic news of the successful rescue of the boys and their coach,” Bach said in a statement to the PMt via IOC member Khun Ying Patama Leeswadtrakul.
“My heartfelt congratulations go to all those involved in the rescue efforts. It was especially admirable that nobody gave up even in the most difficult of circumstances.
“Please accept my congratulations, Your Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and personal esteem.”