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* Sri Lanka first runner-up in World Schools Debating Championship 2020
Mon, Aug 3, 2020, 10:45 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka National Debate Team became the first runner-up in the online World Schools Debating Championship 2020 while Canada beat Sri Lanka to win the Championship, in the final held on Sunday.

Sri Lanka was also named the best ESL (English was a second language) team. Sri Lanka team’s Shalem Sumanthiran won the seventh place in the best ESL Speakers’ category.

The 2020 World Schools Debating Championships scheduled to be held in Mexico this year was postponed until January 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the postponement, a special online event known as the 'Online World Schools Debating Championships 2020' was held from 17th July – 2nd August 2020 with all the debates conducted through zoom.

Sri Lanka reached the final for the first time in the School Debate Championship, which was attended by 68 nations.

The six-member national debate team consists of Janul de Silva and Shalem Sumanthiran from Royal College Colombo, Rahul de Silva and Jasmine Markandu from the Colombo International School, Chanidu Ratnayake from Ananda College Colombo and Reiha Wimalasekera from ladies’ College Colombo.

Sanjith Dias and Kithmina Hewage are the coaches of the National Debate Team of Sri Lanka.

Team Sri Lanka qualified for the final after defeating Team Ireland 7-0 in the semi-final.

The Championships is an annual English-language debating tournament for high school-level teams representing different countries in the world.


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