National Spelling Bee Postponed Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
The 93rd Scripps Nationwide Spelling Bee has been suspended because the coronavirus continues to unfold, and organizers are their choices for the occasion whose finals air on ESPN yearly.
“The suspension consists of all in-person occasions and the dwell nationwide broadcast the week of Might 24,” organizers stated in an announcement (learn it in full beneath). “If doable, we’ll work with our native sponsors, spellers, conference companions and ESPN to reschedule the 93rd Scripps Nationwide Spelling Bee for later this 12 months.”
ESPN has televised parts of the occasion for greater than 25 years and since 2006 has aired earlier rounds in the course of the day and the finals at night time.
Final 12 months’s bee resulted in an unprecedented eight-way tie after the remaining contestants competed in 20 rounds of head-to-head competitors. It was the primary group to share the title because the annual occasion started in 1925.
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Right here is the spelling bee organizers’ full assertion:
“The Scripps Nationwide Spelling Bee is suspending the 2020 nationwide finals in Nationwide Harbor, Maryland. The Bee acknowledges the vital duty to take motion that protects the well being and well-being of its individuals together with the spellers, their households, the native sponsors, staff of The E.W. Scripps Firm and others who assist the occasion often known as Bee Week. The chief order from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan prohibiting gatherings of greater than 50 folks till the termination of the state of emergency in Maryland in addition to suggestions from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention underscore the choice to droop the nationwide finals.
“The suspension consists of all in-person occasions and the dwell nationwide broadcast the week of Might 24. If doable, the Bee will work with native sponsors, spellers, conference companions and ESPN to reschedule the 93rd Scripps Nationwide Spelling Bee for later this 12 months.
“The world is navigating by means of uncertainty, and whereas the timing of the nationwide finals is simply exterior the eight-week window advisable by the CDC, that is the most secure and most accountable motion. This was a troublesome determination that sadly will disappoint college students who’ve spent quite a lot of time learning and making ready, together with their dad and mom and academics who’ve supported them. The main target now shifts to exploring all choices to probably reimagine a contest for later this 12 months.
“The Bee will preserve native sponsors, spellers, dad and mom and academics knowledgeable within the coming days and weeks by means of direct emails, spellingbee.com and social media because it determines subsequent steps on this unprecedented scenario.”