Miss World was to host its global broadcast finale at Puerto Rico this week, but the event has temporarily been postponed due to health and safety interest of contestants, staff, crew and general public amid Covid-19 pandemic.
In its official press release, the Miss World Organisation stated that the finale will be rescheduled at Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot within the next 90 days.
“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 decision has been made by the organizers of the event to postpone the globally broadcast finale at the Puerto RicoColiseum Jose Miguel Agrelot to be held within the next 90 days,” reads the press release.
“As of yesterday, additional safety measures were implemented in the best interest of the contestants, production team and spectators, understanding the event increased risks on the stage and in the dressing room. However, after additional positive cases were confirmed this morning after consulting with health officials and experts, the postponement decision was made,” the release states.
As many as 17 contestants from around the world, stationed at Puerto Rico have tested positive for COVID-19 and lead to the postponement of the hugely anticipated event.
According to Manilla Post, “Hours before the finals of the 70th Miss World beauty pageant in Puerto Rico on Thursday (Friday Manila time), organizers temporarily cancelled the show after 17 candidates and staff members were tested positive for COVID-19.”
The full statement by Miss India Organisation:
“The next step according to the medical experts is immediate quarantine, pending observation and further testing according to best practices in situations like this.
Once and only when contestants and staff are cleared by health officials and advisors, will contestants and related staff return to their home countries.
“We are very much looking forward to the return of our contestants, (who we have grown to know and love), to compete for the Miss World crown” said Julia Morley, CEO of Miss World Ltd. Puerto Rico offers a safe environment and a spectacular backdrop for filming the Miss World Festival !”
India will be represented by Manasa Varanasi at the prestigious event.