On April 10-11, IDEA and the National Forensic League hosted the first-annual 2010 China Qualifier Tournament. Nine schools participated in the tournament, including the Orchlon School and Hobby School of UB from Mongolia, the International Secondary School of Tokyo, a school from Shenzhen in Southern China, and a number of schools from the Beijing area. Students from these high schools competed in a variety of events for an opportunity to qualify for the NFL US National Tournament this June in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Although debate competitions are rare in China, and speech and debate is relatively new to Beijing, coaches at the tournament bragged about how hard students worked and what a rewarding experience the tournament was for the students. The host school, the Canadian International School of Beijing provided all meals for the participants, including a pizza party.
For the past five years, IDEA-NFL Qualifier Tournaments have been held in South Korea and Southeast Asia, and this year, this event was extended to China. The South Korea Qualifier was held March 12-14, and the Southeast Asia Qualifier will take place May 1-2. For more information on these events, click here.