Cluj-Napoca, central Romania will host the International Mathematics Olympiad for the next two weeks, with over 600 pupils from 114 countries competing.
The official opening of the event will take place on Sunday, July 8. The tests will be hosted by the Polyvalent Hall early next week.
Overall, there are 615 participants from all around the world. Among them, there is also Hafez al-Assad, the son of Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad, Digi24 reports. Hafez is the Syrian President’s eldest son and he is member of the Olympic math team of Syria.
The math Olympiad in Cluj-Napoca will be also attended by over 260 leaders and observers, 900 foreign guests, while more than 300 volunteers will get involved in organizing the contest.
The International Mathematics Olympiad has been initiated in Brasov in 1959 and it has become the most prestigious science competition in time.
However, due to the presence of the Syrian President’s son in Cluj-Napoca, the Olympiad will also enjoy enhanced safety measures. The head of the Cluj Emergency Situations Inspectorate, Hafez al-Assad will attend the competition’s events and activities just like the other kids.
80 gendarmes, 60 police officers and six emergency situations units will provide the public security surveillance.
President Klaus Iohannis and several ambassadors are expected to attend the opening of the International Math Olympiad.