This year, apart from the Chief Adjudicator (CA), we will be naming 3 local (Malaysian) Deputy Chief Adjudicators (DCA) and 4 non-Malaysian DCAs.
And here’s the first of the three DCA from Malaysia … Ivan Evetovics:
The Hungarian Barbarian
By Aizuddin Danian
Ivan’s story as a debater is a truly inspiring one. After hearing him speak for the first time, i thought to myself, “This fella will never be a world class debater.” Boy, was i proven wrong.
That first night, he stumbled through his speech, slurred his words, had a terrible accent, spoke broken English, and made absolutely no sense whatsoever. It was a disastrous speech, and i think everyone breathed out a sigh of relief when he sat down (finally) and put us out of our misery. I was actually surprised to see him come back the next day. And the next, and the next. Over time, as he got over the speech problems and weaknesses in presentation, his quality began to shine through. In the years to come, he would be known as the “engine” of successful teams.
He is, for me, the proverbial Alladin’s Lamp. Caked with dirt, rusty and dented, Alladin took a cloth and a bit of Brasso (or perhaps some caustic camel dung) and rubbed it clean. The lamp emerged brilliant, shiny and wonderful. What popped out of the lamp afterwards proved to be able to perform miracles. So it was with Ivan Evetovics.
His undoubted talent on the debate floor won him many prizes. But, at the end of the day, that isn’t important. What is important was his ability to forge friendships, and build bridges. Besides being a valuable team mate for several years, he also became a brilliant coach of young debaters, many of whom have gone on to achieve amazing things in their own right. A well rounded friend, husband, father and mentor, it is my honour to write this and introduce him to the world of WUPID.
Reality Show Superstar (Amazing Race Asia)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
Champion, Australs (ESL Category)
Finalist, Worlds (ESL Category)
AIZUDDIN was a member of the International Islamic University (IIUM) debate team that was ranked 7th at the Sydney Worlds 2000 and a cigar enthusiast – www.aizuddindanian.com
Check out the video below – Ivan the Hungarian Barbarian!