WSDC 2014

WSDC 2014 – Media Guide

Long story short, I’m now helping with tabbing for WSDC 2014, and for obvious reasons will not be doing the regular reportage of results, etc. I’ll probably still do round-ups but certainly not at the same regularity as I have done in the past.

For those of you who want minute-by-minute updates on results as they happen, monitoring #WSDC and/or #WSDC2014 should give you enough details.

Round-by-round results will be published via @WSDC2014. But since we have to get the results for all debates, it will take a little longer than I have done in the past where I only need results of certain debates.

In short: check @WSDC2014

WSDC 2014 – Draw

LogoThe draw for WSDC 2014 Thailand has been announced. Below are the following:

  1. Round-by-round by teams in alphabetical order
  2. Head-to-head by rounds 0 to 8
  3. Raw draw including draw videos I find all of this year’s draw video’s particularly wonderful and entertaining so well worth a watch 😀
  4. Grid
  5. Team Rankings

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WSDC 2014 – Attending Teams Analyzed: Part 2 [UPDATED]

[UPDATE] 7 July 2014: Updated to reflect the final confirmed list of 46 teams. Specifically, this involved confirmation of Japan and Singapore’s attendance, and the addition of Namibia. This puts the tournament at 46 teams and I suspect this will mean 6 groups of 6 along with 2 groups of 5 forming groups A-H respectively.

This is based on the 45 teams who have been named as either attending or pending by the organisers of WSDC 2014. Data is drawn from tabs of the last 17 WSDCs.

Recent performance
New Zealand return to the top of the table after last appearing in the top spot prior to WSDC 2010 with a clean record of 24 wins from the last 24 preliminary rounds. England maintain its spot in 2nd with Australia dropping to 3rd. See here for the 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 lists.

Since the use of a draw grid was introduced at WSDC 2010, the tournament has seen 48 or more teams, leading simply to sets of 6 with slight increases if necessary. It remains unclear how the grid will be structured this year with just 45 teams, and potentially might see 4 sets of 11 instead of 8 sets of 5/6 as the basis for the grid.

In any event, here is the unofficial list showing how teams have performed in the last few years and where they are likely to stand in the pre-tournament ranking process. This is the average performance of each country in the preliminary rounds of the last three tournaments. The pre-tournament ranking system was introduced at WSDC 2010 but this is no guarantee that WSDC 2014 will use this system. The order of countries is first by the average number of wins, then average number of judges. In the few cases where this is insufficient to distinguish teams, I have gone with the team that has a higher number of wins and judges at WSDC 2013. (Ireland>UAE, South Korea>Scotland, Thailand>Philippines, Slovenia>Lithuania)

WARNING: I am personally responsible for any errors and apologise in advanced for any. This list is not official and not certain of being 100% accurate, it is intended merely as a guide.
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WSDC 2014 – Attending Teams Analyzed: Part 1

This is based on the 45 teams who have been named as either attending or pending by the organisers of WSDC 2014. Data is drawn from tabs of the last 17 WSDCs.

Not attending
Though a number of teams stated they probably weren’t going to attend WSDC 2014, some have magically decided they will be attending after all. No word as to what has changed, although a number of countries did indicate their earlier statements were based on parental assessments at the time and which understandably may have changed.

However, a few teams will still be missed in Thailand, including Bermuda, Czech Republic and Hong Kong who have each attended at least 16 of the last 17 WSDCs with the exception of Hong Kong who have attended 13 of the last 17. Other more recent regulars include Qatar (5 of the last 5), Namibia (3 of the last 5) and Mongolia (3 of the last 5).

Regulars, or not
Of the 45 set to attend, some of the most usual suspects are back, including Australia, Canada, England, Israel, Lithuania, Scotland, Singapore, USA and Wales having attended all the last 17 WSDCs. Argentina, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Peru, Slovakia and South Africa not too far behind having missed only 1 of the last 17 WSDCs.
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WSDC 2014 – Attending Teams [UPDATED]

[UPDATE 28 June] To reflect latest update from the organisers.

As indicated by the organisers on the Thailand WSDC facebook page, they are expecting some 46 teams to attend WSDC 2014. This will be the smallest tournament since WSDC exploded in size in 2010.

The draw is yet, though set, to be announced shortly pending confirmation from a few countries. It’ll still be an earlier announcement than 2013 when the draw was released 19 days before the tournament, though a little less than the 39 days teams were given between the draw and the tournament for 2012.
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WSDC 2014 – Concerns, Comments, Confusions, Confirmations and Certainties

This is an attempt to provide some explanation as to the various emails, forums, newsletters and updates concerning the status of WSDC in 2014 and the Thailand World School Debating Championship 2014. Given the mass of material that has been produced in this regard, this will necessarily not be comprehensive, nor do I intend to express a particular preference for or against various proposals. Feel free to message me if you have concerns about the content of this post, or wish for aspects to be changed or updated. As always this reflects my take on events as they have happened.

Contents/Index/Table of Contents

  1. Quick Summary/Timeline
  2. Thailand WSDC 2014 – Moving forward
    • a) My estimate of tournament attendance
    • b) Results of WSDC Executive survey of Team Managers
    • c) Table of stated intentions


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WSDC 2014 Prepared [MOTIONS]

Yes, still ‘WSDC 2014’ because following the vote, Thailand retains the title ‘WSDC’.
Also, apologies for the delay of this post, ironically was in a debate myself so didn’t catch these coming in.
Motions Committee: Tracey Lee, Aaron Maniam, Hayah Eichler, Jumin Lee, Kip Oebanda

R1: THBT post-revolution states should delegate trials of former rulers and high-ranking officials to the International Criminal Court.
R3: THW allow prisoners to volunteer for drug trials in exchange for lighter sentences.
R5: THBT slum tourism does more harm than good.
R7: THW lift tax exemptions from religious institutions that refuse to recognize marriage equality.

GF: THBT an ASEAN political union is an impossible dream