WSDC 2013 – Forfeited debate


It appears that Nigeria has been delayed in their travels to WSDC 2013. This meant they forfeited two of their debates today against Chile and Bangladesh. Such situations are covered by Rule 6.4 of the Tournament Committee and Debate Rules. The rules are as follows:

6.4 (c) all teams who would have debated against the team that has withdrawn are taken to have won the debate by forfeit if they win at least a majority of their other debates, but are otherwise taken to have lost the debate by forfeit.

6.4 (d) Where a team has either won or lost a debate by forfeit, the team will be taken to have received the following number of judges in its favour for that debate:
(i) if the average number of judges in its favour in its other debates is higher than 2.5, it receives 3 judges for that debate;
(ii) if the average number of judges in its favour in its other debates is higher than 1.5 but less than or equal to 2.5, it receives 2 judges for that debate;
(iii) if the average number of judges in its favour in its other debates is higher than 0.5 but less than or equal to 1.5, it receives 1 judges for that debate;
(iv) if the average number of judges in its favour in its other debates is less than or equal to 0.5, it receives no judges for that debate.

It is not explicit within the rules whether the forfeited rounds would be counted as a loss or a win for the team that forfeits. The natural position seems to be that they are taken to have lost the debate. It is most likely that the provision to allow for a win and judges is restricted only for teams who have not forfeited. If this is the case, it means that Nigeria will only have 6 debates in which to attempt to claw back as many points as possible.

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3 comments

  1. Nigeria is on its way to Antalya tonight,to participate at the on-going Debate Championships.
    Team Nigeria had visa difficulties which has now been sorted out.We shall take our remaining matches nonetheless.
    Do help post this information prominently on your website and on all other information boards as well.
    Thank you.
    Ade Ayeni
    Director International Programmes
    Presidents Schools Debate Nigeria
    Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld from Glo Mobile.

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