Spelling Bee canceled for the first time since World War II

Spelling Bee canceled

Everything was all going as usual until when COVID-19 hit the entire world. Sports, schools, and most businesses have been closed indefinably. We are yet to know when this deadly virus will be controlled to bring every activity to its normality.

Most sporting activities, such as soccer, NBA, NFL, and NHL have been postponed until further notice, or when its safe for players and fans to attend the stadiums. COVID-19 pandemic has now affected 210 countries with more than 2.5 million cases and over 170,000 deaths globally,

The recent event to be canceled is the Scripps National Spelling for the first time since 1945, and that time it was because of World War II. The event’s organizers publicly announced this on Tuesday.

Medical scientists and doctors are yet to come up with a vaccine to treat this deadly virus that doesn’t look like its slowing down. The only thing we need to do right now is to take care of ourselves by staying home and staying safe. That’s possible through social distancing and regularly washing of hands.

The Spelling Bee was supposed to happen in June, and the current world’s situation doesn’t allow the event to happen. The event has been happening since 1925, and it was only canceled once in 1945 because of World War II. 2020 cancelation of Spelling Bee will be the second time, and it’s because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was supposed to be hosted by ESPN that started in 1994, and now they are anticipating next year’s Spelling Bee will be held on June 1-3, 2021.

The bad news is that the Scripps won’t be changing eligibility requirements for 2021, meaning that kids who are now in 8th grade will have to miss this opportunity next year. This is because the event is only open for kids through the 8th grade.

It seems COVID-19 has affected almost all sporting activities for adults and even now, kids. We don’t know where we will be standing in the next few months.

Most countries have imposed a total lockdown, where people are no allowed to come out of their houses if they are not public officials such as police force, medical personnel, and other people in high authoritative offices. Other countries are also operating on partial lockdown and curfew times as we wait to see whether our medical scientists and researchers will have come up with a vaccine.

Spelling Bee executive director, Paige Kimble, released a statement saying that they send their heartfelt apologies to all spellers who won’t have the chance to get their final shot at winning. This is because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the current situation prompts any decision set.

This doesn’t come as a surprise to many since we are living in a limited time where we don’t know what will happen next, and only God and our able medical researchers can help combat this deadly virus. All we can do now is to sit, relax, and stay safe from contracting COVID-19.

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Cory Weinberg

Cory Weinberg

A true sports enthusiast who cherishes the thought of writing, reporting, or presenting, particularly when it comes to the two most popular sports in the world. Football as well as Cricket. A thorough admirer of the Indian Cricket Team since the childhood days, while loyalty also goes out to the red side of Manchester when it comes to football. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.