While sports leagues are preparing to resume their seasons after the outbreak of COVID-19, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest fans rejoice that the competition is still taking place this year.
George Shea, co-founder of Major League Eating and the organizer of the event, announced that New York City approved the annual event on July 4, stressing that employees and participants will follow safety protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
On ABC News Promising PodcastCorrespondent Brian Clark told George Shea, who told ABC 1010 WINS that this classic competition is needed now more than ever. “We thought it was important to maintain this tradition. And I think that people need it. I think, I think New York needs it, and I think America needs it. ”
The Independence Day competition usually places competitors next to each other, while employees stay in close proximity to give them a hot dog after a hot dog, but Shi said the organizers are considering numerous social distance plans to ensure everyone safety during the competition in July of this year. , “We are currently working on a plexiglass system to see if we can separate the eaters.”
Shea added that they are also changing the location of the event, which is traditionally held on Surf and Stillwell Avenues on Coney Island in Brooklyn. “It will be on Coney Island itself in a private, undisclosed location.”
A television tournament can give viewers an idea of what the upcoming sporting events will look like when fans have to enjoy the game without leaving home.
Experience will also be different for the participants themselves. Shea explained that due to changes in health and safety made to the competition, this year’s eaters will be participating in the “dog and dog” battle, which is more merciless than in previous years. “Usually it’s somewhere around 15 [competitors] for women and about 20 [competitors] for men. This year will be five and five years. ”
It is noteworthy that key employees will be awarded in the competition for their hard work at the forefront of the pandemic. Event organizers will raise money for food banks, and Nathan plans to donate 100,000 hot dogs to the Food Bank for New York.
On July 4, Joey Chestnut, the reigning men’s champion, will defend his title and achieve his 13th victory. The 36-year-old champion also set a world record for eating hot dogs for consuming 74 francs in 10 minutes. Competing in the women’s division, New York-born Mickey Sudo will fight for his 7th Nathan hot dog victory. She has won the Mustard Belt for the past six years in a row and is currently ranked 6th in the MLE ranking.
Fans will be able to watch the 104th Nathan Hot Dog Food Contest on Saturday, July 4, at 12 p.m. EST on ESPN.
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