WSDC 2016 – End of Round 4 aggregate results

Based on officially released tab for R1-4, corrections made since previous post, pretty sure of accuracy, though I could always be wrong.

Usual health warnings about this being unofficial and possibly inaccurate.

Final note, the absence of Nigeria means some teams have a bye (indicated with a *) whose results are out of 3 debates rather than 4.

4 wins, 12 ballots: South Africa
4 wins, 11 ballots: Canada, Malaysia, Singapore
4 wins, 10 ballots: Australia, Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka
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AWSDC 2016

Once is a mistake, twice a coincidence, three times is a pattern.

And so I am back from what is now a biennial visit to Bangkok for a debating competition (think TWSDC 2012, WSDC 2014, now AWSDC 2016). It has and remains a lot of fun, and I’m just glad I am still in a position to take part.

Grand Final Panel: Jazlina Sutanto (C), Allison Jong,Natt Thitaree Lapanaphan, Ronit Sinha, Colin Wu, Deborah Wong, JD, Paul Lau, Meghal Perera, Jainah, Leomar Doctolero
Champion: ISDS (by 6-5 split)
Grand Finalist: DDI 2
SF: DDI 2 5-0 Anglo 1; ISDS 3-2 SASDB Senior 1
QF: DDI 2 > SASDB Junior, SASDB Senior 1 2-1 TNT Pool; ISDS 201 DDI 1; Anglo 1 2-1 ACJC 1
Pre-QF: SASDB Junior advance 2-1; Anglo 1, DDI 1 and TNT Pool advance 3-0
Novice Champion: RC 2
Novice GF: LC 2

Coming full circle

Sometimes, just once in a while, something triggers your mind to be reminded of a morsel of history that had long been lost.

Today [14 June 2016], I rushed out of the house later than planned, in an attempt to attend a talk by Rose Webb titled ‘Implementation of the Competition Ordinance in Hong Kong’. Probably not the most fascinating talk you could have hoped for, but one that I was kinda interested in, and figured that I should try to attend seeing as I’d now left the house. Unfortunately, I arrived 10 minutes late and the talk had started (though give the size of the LMC it’s entirely possible to slip in without too many people noticing). Anyways, as the title of the talk might suggest, it was about the Competition Ordinance (Cap 619) in Hong Kong. I will not bore you with the contents of the talk, but at one point it was mentioned that some of the drafting was intended to protect SME’s from being attacked by big corporations.

Jump back to 19 April 2008, and there I was on stage in St Joseph’s College’s hall, saying these exact words “This law would harm SMEs, Small and Medium Enterprise”. (I have the text of my speech, and I assume I was accurate in regurgitating it at the time.) That debate was on the motion that ‘The government should set up a fair competition law in Hong Kong.’ I went on to say “First SMEs will be harmed in cases where large companies launch repeated complaints against SMEs”.

Being reminded of this little episode made me think about how many seemingly irrelevant, unimportant endeavors in childhood can still be relevant in ways we don’t expect. Sure the debate was unimportant, but if that memory has stuck with me since, then who knows what else about that debate has? What I do know that I opted to study Competition Law and Policy at undergraduate, and here I am sitting in a talk about competition law in Hong Kong. Perhaps life is rounder than we thought.