De­feat in math olympiad stirs crit­i­cism

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China’s de­feat at this year’s In­ter­na­tional Math­e­mat­i­cal Olympiad in Thai­land by the United States has prompted an out­pour­ing of neg­a­tive com­ments and sec­ond-guess­ing by the coun­try’s ne­ti­zens.

Overzeal­ous fans are be­ing urged to view the an­nual math­e­mat­i­cal Olympiad as well as this year’s re­sults in a more ra­tio­nal man­ner. “It’s com­mon to win some con­tests and lose oth­ers. There’s no need to make a fuss,” said Zhu Xu, a math pro­fes­sor at Xi’an Jiao­tong Univer­sity.

Zhu made the re­marks af­ter the Chi­nese team lost last week’s fi­nal. The US had not won since 1994.

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