|Indonesia Debate Open 2013 Champs - iBob|
(Rifan Ibnu Rahman & Boby Andika Ruitang)
For Rifan, who graduated from Institut Teknologi Bandung last year, it was the second victory in as many weeks following the win at Jakarta Mini with another UI debater. He has now won 5 tournaments with an UI partner - each time different. For Boby, who has led dozens of adjudication cores and spoken in numerous tournament out-rounds, this was his first ever trophy as a varsity debater. In the final, the pair knocked down the motion "This House Would Abolish Prisons".
ITB debaters were the happiest last night. On top of Rifan's win, freshmen duo ITB 5 (Midia Arifandi & Dara Indira) won the novice final after beating 2 Universitas Pelita Harapan teams and a pair from Universitas Gadjah Mada.
Organized by Broadway Entertainment, an event organizer known for making music parties, and held at Universitas Trisakti, which has no active debating club, IDO had organizational woes. Less than 40 teams showed up although the cap was set at 100 and organizers had bragged the quota could expand. It was the first Indonesian competition that dared to run a few days before Eid al Fitr, known as the exodus period when most in the world's most populous Muslim country are busy travelling to their hometowns or visiting relatives. A day before the debates, organizers announced discounted registration fees to fill the gaps.
Poor time management also hit IDO. Chronic delays forced debates clashed with Friday prayers and iftar, forcing Muslim debaters to either skip the ritual, leave the chamber before a debate ended, break their fast when a speech was underway or postpone it altogether until their matches finished when organizers failed to provide food on time. On the first day, the committee failed to provide lunch for some of those who were not fasting due to miscalculation. Future Indonesian debate organizers should take some lessons. Basic preparations that consider local situations should be a priority.
On a positive note, IDO attracted strong Asian institutions like NUS and UT Mara and made it possible for Indonesian debaters to get feedback from top-notch judges like Chris Bisset, the Best Speaker of the last World Universities Debating Championships.