A bull among elephants: Rolando Blackburn, first Panamanian to reach the Thai Premier League

The player of the Panamanian national team Rolando Manrique Blackburn Ortega, better known in the sports world as Rolando “El Toro” Blackburn, visited the Embassy of the Republic of Panama in the Kingdom of Thailand on Monday, July 22nd, 2019.

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Rolando Blackburn, arrived in Thailand at the beginning of July, in order to play as a forward at the Thai Port F.C., looking forward to improving the squad towards the closing phase of the 2019 Toyota Thai Premier League’s season, the maximum category of professional football in Thailand.

His Excellency María del Carmen Martínez Arosemena, Ambassador of Panama to Thailand, gave the player of Thai Port FC, a warm welcome to Thailand and talked about his impressions, adaptation challenges, and expectations both personally and professionally about his stay in Thailand.

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About his first impression, “Thais are very kind and respectful, they have a lot of patience and they always have a smile, and it’s a very nice and safe country,” said the National squad’s striker. He also commented that he has noticed great support from the Thai government towards the development of football, impressed by how full the stadiums are at every match, also very happy for the opportunity to conquer new challenges.

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Concerning his adaptation to Thai culture, the player of the Panamanian National team confessed that he has found it difficult to adapt to Thai food, although he finds great pleasure in spicy Thai condiments. On a professional level, he hopes to leave a good image, giving his best and hopes to make many goals, which is his main task as a striker.

Ambassador Martinez took the opportunity to inform Mr. Blackburn of the progress made in the bilateral relations between Panama and Thailand, and how, over the last few years, Panama has been promoted in the land of smiles. He also told him about other Panamanian athletes who have come to Thailand to represent Panama in various sports disciplines of high professional level. The player of the Panamanian national team Rolando Blackburn, said goodbye to the Panamanian Embassy thanking the hospitality of the Ambassador, H.E. Maria Martinez and all the Mission’s staff and ended his words by sending a message to all the young people “There is nothing impossible, fight for your dreams and never give up, always with faith in God. ”

His Excellency María del Carmen Martínez Arosemena was accompanied at this meeting by Mr. Carlos Karica, Third Secretary of Diplomatic and Consular Careers, and by Magister Bernardo Díaz, who made his good offices available to put the Panamanian player in contact with the Embassy.

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Published by Embajada y Consulado General de Panamá en Tailandia

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