- The 70th edition of Miss World has been postponed due to Covid-19 concerns. The competition will be rescheduled within 90 days.
- According to a press statement, "additional positive cases" had been detected as of yesterday.
- Contestants and staff members will return to their home countries following observation and further testing.
The 70th edition of Miss World has been postponed due to Covid-19 concerns, organisers confirmed on Thursday. The competition was scheduled to take place on 16 December in Puerto Rico.
"Miss World 2021 temporarily postpones global broadcast finale in Puerto Rico due to health and safety interest of contestants, staff, crew and general public," said the official press statement, confirming "additional positive cases" ahead of the coronation night.
"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," it said.
According to the lengthy statement, the finale would be rescheduled at Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot within the next 90 days.
Once cleared by health officials, following observation and further testing, contestants and staff will 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.
Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida has been flying the country's flag high ahead of coronation night, participating in preliminary competitions, interviews and earning a spot in the Beauty With A Purpose top 10.
The 25-year-old hopes to follow in the footsteps of three Miss South Africas. Rolene Strauss, Anneline Kriel and Penelope Coelen, who won the Miss World title in 2014, 1974 and 1958, respectively.
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