This year’s Miss Cook Islands Association pageant has been postponed until next year, because of the unprecedented impacts of Covid-19.
“The postponement of our pageant was to be expected,” said Sahay, who is working at Tupapa Maraerenga community gym for the time being. “It would have been difficult during these times because of the pandemic.
“I look forward to and hope to do more events next year.”
The executive committee agreed unanimously to the postponement. “Our partnership with our sponsors is paramount and we appreciate the challenges facing all stakeholders,” said secretary, Rohan Ellis.
Miss Cook Islands Tajiya Sahay competed at Miss World in London late last year, where she was named Miss World Oceania and ranked 6th overall internationally.
She was expected to carry out fundraising and humanitarian work with the Miss World Organisation with her first intended assignment in the Caribbean Islands in March this year – but instead the borders were closed.
So instead she has been focusing on health, wellbeing and humanitarian work in Cook Islands.
“Tajiya has done her country proud,” Ellis said. “We are hopeful the Miss World Organisation will enable Tajiya and other continental queens to carry out those plans at a later date.”
Sahay’s runners-up, Miss International Emma Kainuku Walsh and Miss Earth Pearl Lazaro, will also extend their respective reigns through to next year.
Kainuku-Walsh was to represent Cook Islands at the Miss International Pageant in Japan, but that has also been postponed to early 2021.
The Miss Earth executive intend to operate a virtual pageant in December this year, instead of a traditional pageant that is usually held in Manila City, Philippines.
“We have asked the Miss Earth executive for more details about the proposed virtual pageant and will assess our position after reviewing technical requirements” commented Ellis.
The Miss Cook Islands Association had received confirmed entrants for the next pageant, they said, who would be advised individually of the postponement of the event.
The association would like to thank its sponsors, commercial partners, and the people of the Cook Islands for their ongoing support.