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Russia wins National Geographic World Championship

US: Russia took top honours at the 10th National Geographic World Championship held at Google headquarters in California, US. Canada, the defending champion, came in second and Chinese Taipei was third. It is a biennial competition, in which teams answer questions on physical, cultural and economic geography. The National Geographic Society organises this competition. Google was the sponsor of this year’s contest.
Russia entered a team in every National Geographic World Championship since the competition began in 1993. This is the first time the country has won. The Russian team comprised Alexander Bondarchuk and Masha Samoletova from St. Petersburg and Egor Shustov from Sludyanka.
The Canadian team members were Alexander Cohen from Ottawa, Aoife O’Leary from Surrey and Alejandro Torres-Lopez from North Vancouver. Representing Chinese Taipei were Chen-Luo Cheng from Taipei, Po-Chen Chu from Taitung and Tong-hong Hsu from Banqiao District.
The 14 other teams competing this year were from Australia, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
John Fahey, chairman and CEO of the National Geographic Society, said, “The competition enhances geo-literacy, international dialogue and understanding, and promotes friendships around the globe.”
Registration for 2012 Championship is open till October 15, 2011. For online registration, one can visit https://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/
Source: National Geographic