Thursday, February 16, 2012

AEO 2012: NUS Teams Take Half of Grand Final Slots

Two teams from Asian debating powerhouse National University of Singapore sailed to the grand final of the 2012 Asian English Olympics at Binus University. #2 NUS A (Hong Yu Xiao & Kenneth Kang) and #4 NUS B (Danielle Goh & Andre Kua) will meet #8 Institut Teknologi Bandung B (Rifan Ibnu Rahman & Meutia Arinta) and darkhorse #11 Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang A (Bambang Trihadmojo & Hanif Falah) in the last debate tomorrow.

NUS teams have been the hot favourites since the competition began but #1 Universitas Atma Jaya A defeated them in the preliminaries. NUS B eliminated Atma A in the semifinals. Last year, NUS debaters championed the Asian 3-on-3 championships and reached the grandfinals of the continent's main tournament with the British Parliamentary format. The other non-Indonesian team in AEO 2012, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, fell in the quarterfinals.

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