The IDEA-NFL Korea Qualifier Tournament was held March 12-13 by IDEA, the National Forensic League, and Yongsan International School of Seoul, South Korea. At this event, participants from several speaking categories had the opportunity to advance to the National Forensic League US National Tournament, which will be held June 13-18, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
IDEA and hosting schools have held the NFL-IDEA International Qualifier in Korea for five years now, and this year, with more than twelve schools in attendance, Korea has also qualified to apply to form the first NFL-IDEA International District! High school students from the region registered to compete in Parliamentary Four-Team Debate, Original Oratory, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, or Humorous Interpretation.
Qualifying two debate teams from a Korean foreign language school, the debate portion was a drawn out contest of seven debate rounds instead of the originally planned four or five. The individual events also saw very strong representation, with some previous qualifiers attending this year's national tournament as well.
In Asia, IDEA has also added the China Qualifier and the Southeast Asia Qualifier, which will be held in April and May. More information about both tournaments can be found at idebate.org.