Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WUPID 2011: Victoria Victorious on First Try

#2 Victoria University of Wellington (Richard D'Ath & Seb Templeton) won the 2011 World Universities Peace Invitational Debate, outwitting #1 University of Oxford in the final that ended today with a 5-4 split decision. The two other finalists were Ateneo de Manila University and University of Cambridge.

Victoria and Oxford had been at each other throughout the tournament that funded the best debating universities to come to Malaysia. Victoria came second in R3, R4 and R5 to Oxford while the latter's only dropped point came from R2 when the former triumphed. This year is this first time Victoria was invited to WUPID.

In the final, Opening Government Oxford proposed the motion "This House Believes That Unfettered Capitalism is the Greatest Obstacle to World Peace" while Victoria knocked it down from Closing Opposition. Oxford's Benjamin Woolgar topped the speaker tab.  The winning pair six months ago championed the Australasian Intervarsities Debating Championships.

Two Indonesian teams competed in the 2011 WUPID. One of them, Binus International A (Astrio Feligent & Christian Leonardo) almost broke into the knockouts after collecting 9 VPs, the same amount of points gained by #10-#16 teams. Slightly lower speaker scores denied the pair.  

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