Singapore took home the world cup with 1295 votes, against Pakistan’s 1270–a victory margin of 25 votes. Singapore’s poet-delegate Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé had a face off against Pakistan’s Mehvash Amin.
Jacob Silkstone reported that Singapore “recorded the biggest win of round one and received the most votes in round two”, followed by “top form… recording a comfortable win over Trinidad & Tobago to set up a semi-final with Tunisia.” The semi-final match against Tunisia garnered even more votes for Singapore, “the highest-scoring game of the tournament so far”.
That’s until Saturday afternoon when Pakistan knocked out Laos, with close to 400 votes.
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé was earlier quoted as saying: “We’re all winners in this game. All of us who participated and joined in the fun. It’s a game of appreciation. Of appreciating one another’s wordsmithery, and each of our poems. These poems are no less than gifts to the reader.”