Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WSDC 2012: Philippines v Scotland; Wales v England in SF

#17/C Philippines killed another giant on their road to the semifinals of the 2012 World Schools Debating Championships. After beating 2010 champions #4/A Canada in the octos, the Filipinos dashed #6/A Singapore's dream of defending their title. Singapore only lost a judge after 9 debates but the Philippines convinced all 5 judges on the panel to go their way. Their next opponent will be #15/C Scotland that beat #2/A Australia also with unanimous decision. 

The other semifinal will be between #10/B Wales and #6/A England who both got through on 3-2 decisions. All semifinalists suffered losses in the preliminaries.  England bowed to Australia and South Africa. Wales fell in debates against New Zealand and South Africa. The Philippines lost to the Netherlands and England. Scotland's only defeat was to South Korea.  The motion for the quarterfinals was "This House Believes That Gay Rights Organisations Should Out Gay Public Figures.

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