Wednesday, February 20, 2013

AEO 2013: All-Indonesian Final with a Bipeds-UI Twist

All of the finalists in the 2013 Asian English Olympics debate competition will come from Indonesia after the last standing overseas team from Filipino high school Miriam College fell in the semifinal today. This year's AEO only has 3 non-Indonesian teams out of more than 80 participating squads. Two Malaysian universities failed to progress from the quarterfinals. Last year's champions National University of Singapore cancelled a previous plan to retain the title.

The final four teams are #1 Binus International A (Jaran Walia & Melisa Irene), #3 Universitas Indonesia B (Dennys Kapa & Terry Muthahhari), #4 Universitas Atma Jaya Jakarta A (Davin Sutanto & Kario Teguh) and #7 Institut Teknologi Bandung C (Vicario Reinaldo & Fauzan Reza Maulana). This will be the second time Jaran Walia from Binus International Pool of English Debaters (Bipeds) and UI's Dennys Kapa meet in the final in 5 weeks. The former won the previous clash at the Indonesian Varsities English Debate in January and helped give his school its first trophy from the country's most prestigious debate contest. Both of them have changed partners for AEO. Since last year, a former award-winning UI debater has been coaching Bipeds.

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