SolBridge Debate Society wins the 2019 Asian British Parliamentary Debate Championships
Society (SDS) represented by MBA student Leomar Doctolero and BBA student
Soojung (Sally) Lee, has been crowned Champions at the 2019 Asian British
Parliamentary Debating Championships.
Parliamentary Championships (ABP) is the premier international debate
competition of Asia held in the BP format, showcasing the continent's top
debaters as the event that determines the Champion of Asian debate. This year's
edition, held at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, was attended
by over 150 debaters (76 teams) representing 48 institutions from 11
nations/regions all across Asia (Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India,
Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand) and
judges from all over the world, including the UK, Australia, and the United
States. The tournament features six preliminary rounds, after which the top 24
teams advance to elimination rounds (Pre-Quarterfinals, Quarterfinals,
Semifinals, Grand Final) to determine the Champions.
SDS has been attending
the Championships since 2011, making strides each year, advancing to the
elimination rounds every year from 2016, and making it to the Semifinals last
year in 2018. This year, they took the final step to hoist the trophy, defeating
traditional powerhouses National University of Singapore, Singapore Management
University, and Ateneo de Manila University in the Grand Final. In
accomplishing this, SolBridge becomes the first institution from Korea and
Northeast Asia to become Asian Champions.
This win is the latest
triumph in what has been SDS’s most successful year yet, with SolBridge
students already having been crowned Back-to-Back Champions of Korea, as well
as winning the Championship at several regional, national, and international
events. No doubt becoming Champions of Asia represents the highest peak
ascended by SDS in SolBridge proud history, and our debaters hope to build on
this by accomplishing great things in December at this year's World
Championships, which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand.
2019 Asian Champions Leomar and Sally and all members of SDS who continue to
establish SolBridge brand name as a top debate institution in Asia.