Miss World final postponed due to COVID-19 fears
The Miss World beauty pageant final has been postponed due to concern for the health and safety of competitors, staff and the general public. The final was to take place in Puerto Rico.
In a press release, Miss World announced, “After meeting with the virologists and medical experts hired to oversee the Miss World 2021 event and discussing with the Puerto Rico health department, the event organizers have decided to postpone the final broadcast at the Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot to be held in the next 90 days.
This decision was made after several competitors tested positive. “Once and only when applicants and staff are authorized by health officials and counselors, applicants and related staff will return to their home countries,” Miss World said in a statement.
“We look forward to the return of our candidates (whom we have come to know and love) to compete for the Miss World crown,” said Julia Morley, CEO of Miss World Ltd.
Miss India World contestant Manasa Varanasi has tested positive and is currently in isolation in Puerto Rico, according to a statement from Femina Miss India, the national branch of the beauty pageant.
Thanking Ms Morley for canceling the final, the national beauty pageant said Miss World put the health of the team and other contestants first. “We at the Miss India organization were very incredulous that Ms. Varanasi could not honor the world stage despite her immense hard work and dedication, but her safety is the top priority for us.
“We pray for their health and wish a speedy recovery to all those infected,” the statement said.