Chilean National Debate Team Shines in Qatar
The team of five students defeated New Zealand, current world champion in this practice.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Category: Sport - Daily life
The Chilean National Debate Team showed an excellent level in the WSDC
Mini Tournament for the specialty that was held in Qatar in early November. The
national team, comprised of five students, was crowned champion of the event
after defeating current leader New Zealand.
The Chilean campaign was perfect. Without a single defeat in all of its
debates, in the decisive session it achieved a solid victory over the New
Zealanders: the results of the decision handed down by the jury of specialists
from diverse countries was a unanimous 9-0.
The issues that the students discussed in the championship were centered
on the environmental context, especially climate change, the fight against
bribery, and military intervention in certain countries like Somalia, which
has a serious piracy problem.
For team captain and director of the Universidad Andrés Bello Debate Society, Álvaro Ferrer, these youths have earned the
distinction: “While our students had previous experience with debate, they were
novices in this type of competition and its rules. They learned well and
quickly and proved it by winning each debate.”
The trip also enabled the five speakers to attend the
Sixth Global Forum on Combating Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity, where
they contributed with a discussion of anticorruption laws and the perspectives
of shareholders in their role enforcing the law and due process.
The next great challenge for the national
representatives will also be in Qatar,
in February 2010, when the World Schools Debating Championship will be held.