The president of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, welcomed the Greek students who had taken part in the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad (ICO) and 58th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) at the Maximos Mansion last month. Both events took place in July in Thailand and Brazil respectively.
Mr. Pavlopoulos heaped praise on the students and highlighted their accomplishments. “You are the living expression of excellence, in two ways: First of all, you are the expression of excellence from the point of view of your performance. What you have accomplished in the two Olympiads, Mathematics and Chemistry, is really impressive. But I must emphasize that you are also the expression of excellence in terms of your morality and your way of life,” he said.
The IMO, first held in 1959, is an annual six-problem Mathematical Olympiad for pre-college students, and is the oldest of the International Science Olympiads. The ICO was first held in Praguer in 1968.