Ascension already has the reputation of being the most coveted debating tournament in the country for organizing the event on a specific theme. They are yet to reveal this year’s theme to the debating circuit of the nation
Independent University Bangladesh Debating Club (IUBDC) is in the last week of preparation for Ascension 2018, a tournament that will feature 75 international participants from September 20-22; 50 foreign debaters and 25 international judges.
Today (Friday) at IUB’s expansive auditorium , the 113 member organizing committee of this year’s Ascension gathered to brief another 120 volunteers, to ensure the highest standard in the event’s execution. The number of volunteers and organizers for this year’s Ascension are record breaking, as no other national debating tournaments ever had such a massive pool, a fact confirmed by veteran debater and champion of the United Asian Debating Championship (UADC), Zobayer Ahmed.
Ascension already has the reputation of being the most coveted debating tournament in the country for organizing the event on a specific theme. They are yet to reveal this year’s theme to the debating circuit of the nation.
Chair of Bangladesh Debating Council Fardeen Ameen began the eight hour long volunteer briefing session at 9am by streaming promotional videos of the previous two editions of the event. The former tournament director of Ascension said, “Events of such massive scale can only be successfully executed if the organizers and volunteers have a culture of helping each other. The best way to represent Bangladesh’s hospitality to all the guests would be to smile wide, and always be ready for any help they might require.”
Afterwards tournament advisor Mehedi Al Zubran explained the different responsibilities the volunteers will have to take over the next few days leading up to the event. Tournament director Zubair Ridoan divided the recruited volunteers into various departments such as timekeepers, runners, ushers, registration, food and many more. In Ridoan’s brief he requested everyone to be very punctual, as Ascension has earned the reputation of being the best-scheduled debating tournament over the last two years.
IUBDC first organized Ascension in 2016 with a superhero theme for high school students, which immediately became the most favourite tournament for the nation’s debaters, as they received comic books in their goodie bags and heard Nemesis perform on the break night.
In 2017, IUBDC outdid themselves even more, by hosting the first international debating event in the country in seven years. Ascension 2017’s theme was fantasy, and the organizers decorated their cafeteria drawing inspiration from Hogwart’s great hall. When the hall was opened for the participants everyone was awestruck at the jaw-dropping likeness to the Hogwart’s dining area. Ascension 2016 runners-up Noshin Saiyara commented: “I would like to sleep on the floor of this hall underneath all these candles.” Debaters from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the UK participated in Ascension 2017, and promised to come back the following year.