Chennai Worlds 2014

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Chennai Worlds 2014
Chennai Worlds 2014
General Information
Type Debate Competition
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Host College Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai
Dates December 27, 2013 - January 4, 2014
Number of Participating Teams 372[1]
Focus World Universities Debating Championship
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Chennai Worlds 2014 (CW14) is the 34th World Universities Debating Championship, hosted and conducted by Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India under the aegis of Rajalakshmi Institutions on December 27, 2013 - January 4, 2014.

The World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) is the world's largest debating tournament, and one of the largest annual international student events in the world.[2] It is a parliamentary debating event, held using the British Parliamentary Debate format. Each year, the event is hosted by a university selected by the World Universities Debating Council. The tournament is colloquially referred to as "Worlds" and the winners of the open competition acknowledged as the "world champions". The event was ultimate won by a team from Harvard University (Josh Zoffer and Ben Sprung-Keyser), who competed in the Grand Final against teams from the Glasgow University Union, Cambridge University, and the University of Sydney Union. The World Champion 2014 in the category “English as a second language” is Berlin A (Dessislava Kirova and Kai Dittmann) and in the category “English as a foreign language” Bandung A (Vicario Reinaldo and Fauzan Reza Maulana).


The event was marked by considerable controversy, including:

  • Failures by the university administration to meet budgetary obligations to pay independent adjudicators in non-controlled currencies (resulting in strike threats, ultimately jeopardizing the 7th round of the tournament).[3]
  • Difficulties experienced by Pakistani participants upon arrival in the country.[citation needed]
  • The decision to hold a motorcycle exhibition during Women's Night, an event traditionally held to support and celebrate female participants, in order to appeal to males [4]
  • Relocation of the tournament hotel from the ITC Grand Chola to several more distant and lower quality venues, without sufficient room to house all the participants.[5]
  • Efforts by those hotels to lock participants out of their rooms (as late as 2AM, on multiple occasions, to settle incidental room charges).[citation needed]
  • The withholding of passports from participants attempting to catch flights out of the country in an effort to force them to pay funds promised by Rajalakshmi Engineering College.[6]

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