Co-hosted by the English Speech and Debate Association of SUFE, Zeji Education (泽稷教育), LearningLeaders, and Accor Grand Mercure Hotel in Shanghai, the 5th Shanghai International Debate Open (SIDO) went on smoothly from April 19th to April 21th, 2019.
This year, 168 teams are given the qualification to compete in SIDO. It is a great honor to welcome more than 420 participants from over 60 top universities in more than 20 countries across 5 continents. Meanwhile, 46 distinguished judges, who constitute a fabulous judge pool that comes close to the lineup of WUDC, joined this largest open tournament in the world. Only 32 teams were able to break out of 168 teams. After three days of fierce and tough competition, four teams vied for the throne in the grand final and “Dignified Chinese Men”, formed by Clyde Welsh from Sydney University, who champed SIDO 2018, and Ashish Kumar from Cambridge University, who was also awarded as “Grand Final Best Speaker” this year, won the crown. And Matt Hazell was the Open Best Speaker in the 7 preliminary rounds.
Top Ten debaters of the Open and High School categories awarded
The Champion Team: Dignified Chinese Men