Miss World 2021 ‘Temporarily Postponed’ As Contestants, Including India’s Manasa Varanasi, Get Corona Positive

The beauty pageant, Miss World 2021, has been temporarily postponed due to the additional positive cases among the contestants. It was scheduled for Thursday in Puerto Rico. Now, it will be rescheduled 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 Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot to be held within the next 90 days,” posted on social media by the officials.

The official announcement further stated that “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 next step according to the medical experts is immediate quarantine, pending observation, and further testing according to best practices in situations like this,” the statement read.

Julia Morley, CEO of Miss World Ltd., said that “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. Puerto Rico offers a safe environment and a spectacular backdrop for filming the Miss World Festival!”

Manasa Varanasi, who is representing India in this 70th edition of Miss World, also has been tested positive. In the official statement released by the Miss India organization on social media, it stated, “To those affected, we wish you all a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see you all at the Miss World Finale. @manasa5varanasi you return only to go back stronger.”

“Keeping in mind the rising Covid cases amongst the contestants, the Miss World Organisation has taken the decision to postpone the Miss World Finale. Our queen, Manasa Varanasi is one of the contestants who has been tested Covid positive and is currently in isolation at Puerto Rico. We, at the Miss India Organisation, were in great disbelief that she might not be able to grace the world stage in spite of her immense hard work and dedication. However, her safety is of utmost priority to us,”, the statement said further.

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