It’s not long to go until the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Kazan begins on 12 August, and so members of the IOI International Committee came to our city to see the competition locations and state of preparations for themselves. The delegation included representatives from Iran and Japan, the host countries for the Olympiads in 2017 and 2018 respectively. We asked our “successors” how their own countries were preparing to host the event, as well as what they thought of everything they had managed to see here.
Mohammad Ali Abam, IOI International Committee Member and Head of IOI 2017:
“In April we will hold a press conference in Iran to officially announce that the International Olympiad in Informatics will take place in our country in 2017. Several committees concerned with security provisions, international communications, excursions and advertising have already been created. We hope to have the participant accommodation finalised by August, as well as a logo for the Olympiad. A competition for the best logo and best IOI website is currently underway.
“A great advantage of the Olympiad in Kazan is that the participants will both stay and compete in the Universiade Village, meaning they won’t waste time travelling around the city. The team leaders will also be staying near their participants. In previous Olympiads you would have a situation where the participants were in one place and the competition in another, and that caused a number of problems.”
Seiichi Tani, IOI International Committee Member and Head of IOI 2018:
“There are still two and a half years until the International Olympiad in Informatics in Tokyo, so so far we’ve only decided on the location. The competition will take place at Tsukuba City, about an hour’s travel from of Tokyo. I’ve had a look around the Universiade Village during the meetings in Kazan, and I like how everything is set up very much. The buildings are all very close to one another, so you can get from the accommodation to the competition hall very quickly. They have also secured some good equipment for the Olympiad. I’ve also been around the city and can say that Kazan is very beautiful.”