Teens’ de­bate vic­tory

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - News -

THE FATE of Colonel Gaddafi not­with­stand­ing, hard­line rulers may be here to stay.

That was the out­come of the World Schools De­bat­ing Cham­pi­onship at the Caird Hall in Dundee yes­ter­day, where Team Sin­ga­pore trounced their Aus­tralian ri­vals in a seven to two judges’ vote.

The Sin­ga­pore­ans suc­cess­fully op­posed the mo­tion “this house be­lieves that au­toc­racy in the age of Face­book is doomed” to score their first win in the con­test.

Cap­tain Teoh Ren Jie said: “This is for ev­ery mem­ber of Team Sin­ga­pore since our coun­try joined the cham­pi­onship 16 years ago.

“This is the first time Sin­ga­pore has won and it’s fan­tas­tic to be a mem­ber of the winning team.”

The fi­nal was watched by around sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple, in­clud­ing the 48 teams of teenage de­baters who came to Dundee from all over the world to take part.

Pupils from lo­cal schools also at­tended.

Lord Provost John Let­ford de­scribed the event as a “fan­tas­tic suc­cess” for the city.

He said: “It’s been es­ti­mated that host­ing the cham­pi­onship will have boosted the lo­cal econ­omy by over £1 mil­lion — but the boost it’s given to the rep­u­ta­tion of Dundee is im­mea­sur­able.”

Team Sin­ga­pore flag up their suc­cess — (clock­wise from back left) Ng Li Ki, cap­tain Teoh Ren Jie, Ben­jamin Mak Jia Ming, Adil Ha­keem Bin Mohd Rafee and Ashish Xiangyi.

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