One thing is clear - the 2014 World Universities Debating Championships will take place in Asia. Nobody could file a proposal last January during WUDC 2012 in Manila when the host in two years time should have been decided. But now, there are two excellent options that have been floating since the beginning of May, both from Asian countries. Chulalongkorn University from Thailand seeks to bring back the championships to Bangkok, host of WUDC 2008, while another bid will come from Rajalakhsmi Engineering College, which is based near the southern Indian city of Chennai.
Both bids are supported by award-winning debaters. The Bangkok bid has Li Sheng Wu, the Stanford debater who won the best speaker award in WUDC 2010 when he was still studying in Oxford, and WUDC 2012 champion Amit Golder on its side. Meanwhile, Chennai's camp boasts Harish Natarajan, who debated for Cambridge when he reached the finals of Euro 2009 and 2010. Both proposals must be submitted by May 20. Until June 3, bidders should entertain questions from all around the world. National representatives should vote from June 4 to 7, 2012.