Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad’s teenage son Hafez-al-Assad asks for ‘normal’ treatment at the math Olympiad in Romania. He is competing in the International Mathematical Olympiad and he just wants to be treated like the other normal students, with no special favours.
Aged 16, Hafez is amongst the 615 students who have partaken in the annual competition that’s happening in the central city of Cluj-Napoca till Saturday. Valentin Cuibus, who leads the School Inspectorate in Cluj-Napoca told, "He wants to be treated like a normal student and he acts like one. He checked into a hotel alongside students from 18 countries. He didn't ask for anything special; no special conditions, no separate apartment, giving that he shares a room with a colleague.”
Hafez had participated in last year’s competition as well that was held in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil and he had finished at the 528th spot out of a total of 615. Each country represented has a 6-students team.
He revealed to the reporters that he had wanted to show the world that the ‘war-torn’ country is ‘doing much better’.
Romanian media reports claim that the security for the event has been beefed up. Romania is amongst those few European countries to still have an embassy in Syria. It serves as a popular destination for students of Syria and about thousands of them have graduated from the universities in the last two years.