Sri Lankan IOI Team Brings Home 1 Silver And 2 Bronze Medals

PRESS RELEASE

Sri Lankan team to  the International Olympiad in Informatics IOI2006 held in Mexico  returns to the country with one Silver and two Bronze medals.

IOI is the Computer Programming Olympics that brings together more than 250 participants from over 80 countries for school children below the age of 20 years. They face a two day competition consisting of 5 hour long sessions each day.  The Sri Lankan team to  the International Olympiad in Informatics IOI2006 held in Mexico  returned to the country today with one Silver and two Bronze medals.

This year, IOI was held in Yucatan, Mexico from 13th – 20th August and the Sri Lankan team consisted of Varuna Parinda Jayasiri(Royal College), Chetiya . B. Abeysinghe (Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala), G. Sandaruwan Gunathilake(Sivali College, ratnapura) and Nuwan Jayanath Samarasekera(Ananda College, Colombo) assisted by Dr. Gihan Wickremanayake (UCSC) as Team Manager and Sifaan Zavahir as his Deputy.

Parinda Jayasiri won a Silver with both Chetiya Abeysinghe and Sandaruwan won Bronze medals this year.  China was placed first with 4 Gold Medals. Poland second with 3Gold and one silver, Russia third with 3 Gold and one Bronze. Sri Lanka and India both won one Silver and 2 Bronze and were placed above countries like Sweden, UK, Thailand, Singapore and Mexico. There were 284 participants in all.

This brings the total number of medals won by Sri Lanka from 1992 when Sri Lanka first took part at an IOI to Three Gold, Six Silver and Sixteen Bronze Medals.

The Council for Information Technology CINTEC took the initiative in 1992 to send our first team to an IOI. With the replacement of CINTEC by ICTA, the responsibility of training and sending the national team was transferred to the University of Colombo School of Computing(UCSC). Funds generated by the annual International IT Conference IITC was used supplemented by sponsors to bear the cost of travel. Training was undertaken by UCSC with Dr. Gihan Wickremanayake spearheading the training together with past competitors from Sri Lanka.  The programme is managed by the Main Organising Committee with representatives from Academia and Industry.

H.E. the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa has supported this effort by awarding certificates to the Sri lankan participants in IOI 2004 and IOI 2005. The President’s Fund has contributed towards the cost of travel in previous years as well as in 2006.  The Ministry of Education has encouraged the team and provided the necessary approvals.

The performance of the Sri Lankan teams at the IOI this year as well as earlier is a boost to the IT Industry of Sri Lanka and a great encouragement to the younger generation. It is also a clear indication of the talent Sri Lanka has in this field.

Prof. V. K. Samaranayake
Chairman, MOC-IOI Sri Lanka
24th August 2006

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