The organizers of the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) has announced last April 30 that they are cancelling their annual regional and championship competitions for this year.
The organizers of the cosplay competition said in their statement that the decision has been made due to “recent circumstances” concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, and the next competition has been moved to 2021.
This will be the first time in the history of the WCS that its annual cosplay championships, which is being held since 2005, has been postponed or cancelled.
The organizers of the event also announced in their statement that preparations for their annual weekend celebration, which is set to take place on August 1-2 in multiple venues in Nagoya, Japan, are still taking place.
They will also make an announcement in an online stream on Friday, May 29, if the World Cosplay Summit weekend in Nagoya will be pushing through or not.
World Cosplay Summit is an annual international cosplay event, which is being held in Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, Japan since 2003. WCS was initially held during the weekends, but has since evolved into a week of activities for cosplayer participants and its guests from all around the world.
The event’s global cosplay competition started in 2005 with seven countries, which has since grown to 40 countries as of last year.
The Philippines became a part of the WCS as an observer nation in 2013, and became a full-participant two years later.
Anime Alliance Philippines, which handles management of several pop-culture events, is the organizational partner in the country and the lead organizer of the cosplay meet’s preliminary competitions.