Defeat in math olympiad stirs criticism
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.