Mr Gay World 2020 which was planned to kickoff in Knysna, South Africa next month, has been officially postponed due to the spread of coronavirus.
In a statement on Saturday, Mr Eric Butter, President of the Mr Gay World competition, confirmed plans to postpone the event with immediate effect until a later date to be confirmed in August or September 2020.
“We have been following global health organisations, reputable media sources and also national health departments worldwide before making this decision,” commented Butter, who resides in Australia. That country recently placed a lockdown on events of over 500 people and advised its citizens to avoid unnecessary travel.”
“With many member countries in lockdown and most governments banning or in the process of banning events and gatherings of people, we have had to take the unfortunate decision to rather postpone the event to a later date for the safety of our members, delegates, their friends and families and also to do our part in stopping the spread of the coronavirus,” said the event organisers.
Johann Els, Managing Director of Els Event Architects – the events and production company appointed to put on this year’s Mr Gay World also added, “We have agreed that it would be best to postpone this event to a more suitable date so that we may have a fuller representation from all countries involved.”