Hong Kong whiz-kids test their maths skills at Olympiad

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 July, 2005, 12:00am

Six outstanding students from Hong Kong will be taking part in a challenging international mathematics contest which begins today in Mexico.

The maths skills of hundreds of elite students from all around the world will be put to the test.

The six students representing Hong Kong in the 46th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) are: Chung On-yip of Queen Elizabeth School, Jack Hui and Siu Ho-chung of Queen's College, Poon Ming-fung of STFA Leung Kau Kui College, Tsoi Yun-pui of Sha Tin Government Secondary School and Wong Chiu-wai of St Joseph's College.

They were selected from 752 students at a preliminary selection contest last month.

The Hong Kong students have an SAR flag given to them by chairman of the local committee of IMO Shum Kar-ping.

The Olympiad in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, runs from today until July 19. An opening ceremony will be held tomorrow.

More than 80 teams of up to six members from different countries and cities are taking part.

After answering the papers on Wednesday and Thursday, the students will take part in cultural exchange programmes while the judges go over their papers.

They will go sightseeing and attend cultural events. The programmes aim to give them a better understanding of Mexico and its culture.

The final results will be announced next Monday.

To find out more about the Olympiad, visit http://erdos.fciencias.unam.mx/index.htm