Iran Ranks 5th In 2010 Chemistry Olympiad

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Active ImageThe Iranian team ranked fifth in the 42nd International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Tokyo, Japan, by winning one gold and three silver medals in the event. The Iranian team comprised Mohammad Reza Amirmoshiri from Tabriz, Hussein Dadashazar from Tehran, and Hanieh Safari and Amir Hossein Nasseri from Karaj.

Amir Hussein Nasseri won the gold medal, while Mohammad Reza Amirmoshiri, Hussein Dadashazar and Hanieh Safari grabbed silver medals.

Students from 70 countries competed in the 10-day event. China snatched four gold medals and ranked first in the Olympiad. South Korea and Thailand bagged three gold and one silver medals, and jointly claimed the second ranking.

The 42nd International Chemistry Olympiad, which opened in Tokyo on July 19, wrapped up on July 28. Dr. Ryoji Noyori, the 2001 Nobel Laureate in chemistry, was chairman of the 42nd IChO Organizing Committee. The IChO is an annual academic competition for high school students. It is one of the international science Olympiads.

The first IChO was held in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1968. The event has been held annually ever since.

While each country is free to choose its team by whatever means it deems appropriate, the selection process usually involves holding regional and national Olympiad competitions.

Active ImageMany countries hold “training camps” for its top students, where mentors from the country give the students accelerated college-level courses in chemistry with an emphasis on topics covered in that year’s preparatory problems as well as practical training.

It is agreed that such training programs must not exceed a total duration of two weeks but there are allegations every year that some countries exceed this limit by months or even years.

Another concern is that some countries tend to bring the same students to the competition year after year, which helps them win better medals. Although some believe that this is against the spirit of the Olympiad, many nations find it hard to justify leaving their best students at home.

The 43rd IChO will be held in Ankara, Turkey, in 2011.

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