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IAA Olive Crown Awards postponed amid rising Covid-19 cases

The awards ceremony was planned to take place on March 19 in Mumbai

In accordance with the Maharashtra government’s latest advisory amid rising Covid-19 cases, IAA India Chapter has postponed the IAA Olive Crown Awards presentation ceremony originally scheduled to take place on March 19 in Mumbai.

Neeraj Roy

Neeraj Roy, Chairperson of the Olive Crown Awards Committee and a Past President of the IAA, said, “We have been monitoring the rising cases of Covid 19 in our state very closely, which is why we had taken a decision nearly 4 weeks ago to hold the awards with no more than 50 people in attendance and also ensure all safety of our guest and enforce strict social distancing norms.

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“Whilst we are keen to celebrate the success and creative work in a difficult and challenging year like 2020 towards sustainability and a greener planet, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our members, our invited guests, winners and indeed all stakeholders associated with the IAA Olive Crown Awards.

“Late last evening, the government of Maharashtra has issued an order, dated the 15th of March, 2021, stating that No Social/Political/Religious gatherings to be allowed.

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“Respectfully we adhere to the guidelines issued by our government and in light of the same, we have taken the decision to postpone the 11th edition of the IAA Olive Crown Awards, which was scheduled to be held on March 19, 2021, at the ITC Maratha Hotel in Sahar, Mumbai.”

Megha Tata

Megha Tata, President IAA, added, "The Olive Crown Awards ceremony are a big draw, more so since the entire process is run as a cause. We were happy that despite the extraordinary circumstances that prevailed last year, the entries, and more importantly the quality of the entries was encouraging. We will wait for the current situation to improve and then announce the winners at an appropriate event.”

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The new date for the event will be communicated in due course.

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