One gold and two silver medals were won by Hungarian middle schoolers at the 17th International Geography Olympiad (iGeo), the University of Pécs’ Faculty of Environmental Science told MTI. Hungary has been sending teams to the international competition every year since 2006, and so far there have been no instances where competitors returned empty-handed.
This year Zsófia Balogh, Lili Csada, Dávid Verkmann, and Patrik Vitkovics, all from different highschools, were brought together by the University of Pécs and sent to represent Hungary.
Csada won gold, the second in the Hungarian team’s history, while Verkmann and Balogh won silver, while Vikovics received a certificate of achievement.
This year the Olympiad was held in Istanbul, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, participation happened online. The event lasted from Tuesday to Sunday, with all participants aged between 16 and 19, and each team having two team leaders.
The international competition began in the Hague in 1996 with only five countries being represented. Since 2016, there have been more than 40 nations participating every year.
In the featured photo, the Hungarian team which participated at the International Geography Olympiad. Featured photo via the Hungarian Geographical Contest’s Facebook page