Sampada represents India at the 4th Asia World Schools Debating Championship (AWSDC) 2017 at Bangkok
The 4th Asia World Schools Debating Championship (AWSDC) 2017, Bangkok, Thailand was conducted between 24 July 2017-28 July 2017. The competition saw participation of 52 teams from 17 countries, and followed the Asian Parliamentary Debate format: with each team having 3 speaking members and 2 non-speaking members. In every debate, one team represents the proposition and supports the motion, while the other team represents the opposition and negates the motion. Every debate has a motion given on the spot, with 1 hour of preparation time, after which each speaker makes an 8 minute speech.
Sampada Sudheesh Venkatesh, a Class 11 student of National Public School, Indiranagar, represented Team Debate India at the event, along with 2 students from Chennai, and 1 from Ghaziabad. The team emerged the Novice Champion of the tournament, beating South Africa in the final. The final round was on the motion “This House Believes That All Countries Should Have the Right to Nuclear Weapons”, and had a judge panel of 7 members. The panel unanimously decided to give victory to the opposition, Team Debate India.
Additionally, Sampada was also awarded the individual position of 9th Best Novice Speaker of the tournament, making her the highest ranked Indian on the list.