Sri Lanka Team to IMO 2019
60th International Mathematical Olympiad this year will be held from 14th to 22nd of July at the University of Bath in UK.
Nelushi Vithanaachchi of Vishakha College Colombo, Sithija Kotuwewatta and Maneth Perera (Maneth in the right corner) of Royal College Colombo, Kisara Kodithuwakku of Richmond College Galle, Sandaru Balahewa of Mahinda College Galle and Ghaura Mahabaduge of Ananda College Colombo (next to Maneth in the photo), have been selected to represent Sri Lanka in this apex global mathematical contest annually fought keenly by competitors from over 100 countries.
Both Maneth and Ghaura in this team are IMO bronze medalists of yesteryears. Dr. Dayal Dharmasena (Senior lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of Colombo) is leading the team with Dr. Kaushika de Silva (Senior Lecturer, Mathematics Department, University of Jayawardenapura) deputizing. Dr. Chanakya Wijeratne (Senior Lecturer and former Head – Department of Mathematics, University of Colombo and founder – Sri Lanka Olympiad Mathematics Foundation) will join the team as the observer.
Sri Lanka Olympiad Mathematics Foundation selected the team through the Sri Lanka Mathematical Olympiad 2018-2019. IMO team selection is a grueling four layered mathematical contest consisting of Sri Lanka Mathematics Competition, Sri Lanka Mathematics Challenge Competition, IMO Pool Test and four IMO Team Selection Tests (this year reduced to three). The team has been training hard under the able guidance of the aforementioned dedicated University staff to bring gold medals to our motherland this year. The picture above was taken when they were having a break during the residential training camp.
The team will take their flight to UK on 13th instant. We fervently wish our team best of luck at the International Mathematical Olympiad 2019.
President Meets Sri Lanka Team to International Mathematics Olympiad
The President invited the Sri Lanka Team to IMO 2019 to wish them best of success at the upcoming 60th International Mathematical Olympiad. The event took place at the Presidential Secretariat. Among several academic luminaries present at the occasion were, the Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa, Prof. K. K. Y. W. Perera and the Vice Chancellor of Colombo University, Prof. Chandrika Wijeratne.
Sri Lanka Olympiad Mathematics Foundation selects the students with the best mathematical talent through a series of competitions and trains them for the IMO each year and has produced many a bronze medalist at this prestigious competition over the past 15 years. Officials of the Sri Lanka Technological Campus who helped to get this event underway were also present.
Seated from left: Dr. Chanakya Wijeratne (Senior Lecturer at University of Colombo / Former Head of Mathematics Department and founder / CEO of Olympiad Mathematics Foundation); Dr. Nishantha Perera (Head of the Department of Mathematics, University of Colombo); Eng. Ranjith Rubasinghe (CEO, SLTC), Mr. P.G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena (Chairman, SLT); Prof. K. K. R. Mahanama (Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo); Prof. Chandrika Wijeratne (Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo); Prof. K. K. Y. W. Perera (Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa), His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; Kisara Kodithuwakku (Richmond College, Galle); Sandaru Balahewa (Mahinda College, Galle); Ghaura Mahabaduge (Ananda College, Colombo); Sithija Kotuwewatte (Royal College, Colombo); Maneth Perera (Royal College, Colombo); Eng. R. Gunawardena (Director of Operations, SLTC)
Back row from left: Wg Cdr (rtd) Priyantha Jayawickrama (Director, SLOMF); Dr. Kaushika de Silva (Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of Sri Jayawardenapura and Director, SLOMF); Dr. Dayal Dharmasena (Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of Colombo and Director Training, SLOMF); Dr. Jagath Wijeratne (Senior Lecturer and Former Head, Department of Mathematics, University of Colombo); Mr. M. S. K. Gunathilake (Deputy Principal, Ananda College, Colombo); Mr. P.M. G. G. Jayawardena (Principal, Mahinda College, Galle); Mr. Sampath Weragoda, (Principal, Richmond College, Galle), [Mrs. G. Mahabaduge; Dr. K. R. Fernando; Ms Nisansala Ramanayake; Ms. Lalani Lenora; Ms. Anoma Wickramaarachchi, Ms. Kumudini Wickramasuriya; Mr. H. K. Balahewa; Mr. G.W.S.K. Perera; Mr. KKSP Kodithuwakku](parents of the team); Dr. Anuradha Mahasinghe (Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of Colombo)