Saturday, February 2, 2013

WSDC 2013: No Break for Indonesia and Titleholder Scotland

Team Indonesia's journey in the 2013 World Schools Debating Championships ended with a 4-4 tally like last year and a position below the break line. On the last day of preliminaries, Indonesia lost to neighbour Malaysia but defeated host Turkey. The national team had a strong start, beating #6/A Greece in R1 and winning the first 3 rounds but since slipped with 4 straight losses, the last 3 on 1-2 split decisions, before closing the campaign with a win.

All WSDC teams must debate 8 different teams in the prelims, one from each of the 8 rank-based groupings. Indonesia ranked #27 out of 50 contestants, part of the E grouping (#25-30). The WSDC classifications are calculated based on victories and judge votes in the past 3 championships. Four preliminaries have prepared motions and the other four rounds are impromptu. Only the top 16 teams can break into the knockouts.

Since the first participation in 2001, Indonesia has broken into the knockouts twice, in 2003 and 2004, both with 5 wins from 8 rounds. In 2010, Indonesia also bagged 5 wins but came short from breaking on judges votes. The members of this year's team are Carrisa Tehputri and Ida Ayu Pradnya Paramita from SMA 4 Denpasar, Adeline Tiffanie from SMA Kristen 1 Jakarta and Sayyid Habibullah from SMA 3 Pontianak.The coaches are Universitas Indonesia students Subarkah Syafrudin and Roderick Sibarani.

Reigning champion Scotland also failed to break after suffering 4 losses, including to Swaziland and India, darkhorses that will go to the elimination stage. This will be the first time for Scotland to miss the advanced rounds of WSDC since the tournament began in 1988. Their scoreline is identical to Indonesia's - 4 wins and 13 judge ballots - with better speaker scores.

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