Monday, January 23, 2012

WSDC 2012: Round 5&6 Recap, Upsets and a Delay

The 2012 World Schools Debating Championships enters its last day of preliminaries with #29/E Indonesia at 3 wins, 10 judges after a loss to #13/C United Arab Emirates in R6 despite valiant efforts from our debaters. Currently, along with 5 other teams, Indonesia has the most judge votes for teams with 3 VP, giving us a chance to slip into the top 16. The next opponents are #19/D Israel and #25/E Botswana. Teams with 6 VP are assured to break while usually those with 5 and high judge votes still could make the cut.

Previously, Team Indonesia beat #33/F Germany, #38/G Mongolia and #48H Zimbabwe but lost to reigning champion #6/A Singapore and #8/B South Korea. This year Indonesia is represented by twins Revaldi and Revian Wirabuana from SMA 4 Denpasar, Alif Satria from SMA 8 Yogyakarta and Cheryl Cosslett from SMA 1 Bogor.

Upsets and a delay coloured impromptu R5 that debated the motion "This House Believes That the Police Should Use Racial Profiling when Fighting Crime". #1/A England saw their 38 consecutive prelim wins come to a halt after host #9/B South Africa broke that streak on a split decision while UAE bowed to #21/D Sri Lanka. There was a delay in the match between #18/C India and #20/D Mexico due to a disagreement over a decision to define "racial profiling" before the debate. The teams had to use a different topic. In R6, #47/H Swaziland, the second lowest-ranked, defeated #7/B Netherlands that did not lose a prelim last year.

The break list will be out tonight. All teams have dropped at least a judge. Singapore, South Africa and #3/A New Zealand  are the only ones unbeaten after 6 rounds but they will face strong teams in R8.

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