The Miss World beauty pageant was “temporarily postponed” due to health and safety concerns, just a few hours before the grand finale on December 17.
Reports said that the decision was taken after “several pageant participants” tested positive for COVID-19.
Miss India Manasa Varanasi was scheduled to represent India at the Miss World 2021 pageant.
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,” said the official statement from the Miss World Organization.
“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 said.
The internet is abuzz with reports on how 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.
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.