Its official, Greece had won honor of hosting the 36th World Universities Debating Championship (Worlds) in 2016. Despite having years of economic crisis, which truly damaged the country, Greece has won the right to host the Worlds. This is the second time that Greece will be hosting the event. Fending off competing countries from South Africa, the international voting was held at a council meeting in Chennai, India.
The Worlds competition is the biggest, most international and most prestigious intercollegiate debating competition in the world.
This competition, “Worlds” dates back to the great exhibition debate in 1981. This annual event started as a relatively small competition that featured competitors primarily from the UK, North America and Australia. It is now a university debate championship that attracts around 1,000 university debaters from over 45 different nations from every inhabited continent. This competition showcases students persuasive skills when arguing about global issues. The tournament is held from late December to early January of each year.
Greece has announced that they are going to improve and develop the organization of this event since they first planned their bid in 2012.
The Chief Adjudicator is Manos Moschopoulos. Deputy Chief Adjudicators are Chris Bisset and Tasneem Elias. After the bid is over, three more judges will be chosen. The Adjudicators are trained during and before the tournament by Nita Rao.
The team cap will 420 teams. Each institution is capped at 3 teams per institution. The registration fee will be a maximum of €400 but will possibly be reduced depending on sponsorship of the event.