The semifinal contest in the memorization category concluded on Wednesday evening with contestants from countries such as Pakistan, Mauritania, Burundi, South Africa, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Iraqi answering questions raised by members of panels of judges.
It is expected that some 50 contenders will make it to the final round, slated for early March.
A total of 120 contenders from 70 countries competed in the semifinals.
In the preliminary stage, there were 600 contenders from 70 countries.
Iran’s Awqaf and Charity Affairs Organization annually organizes the international Quranic event with the participation of Quran activists from various countries.
Qaris and Quran memorizers from over 80 countries took part in the 36th edition, held in Tehran in April 2019.