The Sri Lanka Mathematics Olympiad Foundation (SLMOF)
which sends senior
students (under 20) to the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO)
Competitions each year, has received an invitation for the first time this year from Taiwan to attend the International Mathematics Competition (IMC) 2010, held in Korea for Junior (Under 16) students.
Mr. Chanakya Wijeratna, CEO of the SLMOF and former head and senior
lecturer of the Mathematics Department at Colombo University, put much effort to find eight of the
students from all parts of Sri Lanka including Jaffna, Trincomalee and Batticaloa. Thereafter, he spared a lot of his valuable time to train these eight students.
There were two teams named A and B, which were led by Chanakya Sir and Deputy Leader A. B. K. Fernando.
The Sri Lankan
participants were as
- Bharatha Rankothge of
- Kanchana Ranasinghe of
Royal College, Colombo
St.Thomas’ Girls’ High
- Mevan Wijewardana
of Maliyadeva College,
- Hiruni Kothalawala
of Visakha Vidyalaya,
- Chamath Jayakody of
- Sathira Tennakoon of
Mahinda College, Galle
- Janathan of St. John’s
fifty-six students from
26 countries such as China, Australia and Canada, have participated in the IMC held in Incheon, Korea from
July 25 – 29, 2010.
The Sri Lankan IMC team came back with nine bronze medals. Kanchana Ranasinghe won a bronze medal for individual contest receiving 62 marks, while Sameera, Mevan, Chamath and Sathira received
The A team won eight bronze medals for group contests and team contests. We Sri Lankans can be very proud of their achievements as this is the first time
Sri Lanka won so many
medals at an international
Below are the ideas of Kanchana Ranasinghe
about the competition.
Q: What do you think about your achievement?
A: I think it was
wonderful to win nine
medals. Actually, Chanakya Sir with the support of our deputy leader Buddhima and his colleague Supun helped us a lot to have this achievement. I would also take this opportunity to thank them on behalf of our team and all our parents.
Q: What kind of
experience did you get there?
A: This is the first time
I participated in an
international competition such as this. I think I gained much knowledge and
experience from this tour and also met foreign friends. We were able to study a lot about Korea and many other countries from the
cultural show and site
I think that the
experience has left us with so many happy memories.
I congratulate them and hope that they will be able to achieve many more
victories like this in the future and would like to invite all other students to
participate for future events.