Scripps National Spelling Bee to be held mostly virtually

The Scripps National Spelling Bee has announced the competition will return in a mostly virtual format this year.
The in-person competition will be limited to a dozen finalists who will gather on an ESPN campus at Walt Disney World in Florida.
The event was cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It was the first time since World War II it had been called off. 
Organizers added instead of compressing the entire competition into a week, the activities will be stretched over several weeks. 
The preliminary rounds will be held in mid-June, the semi-finals on June 27 and the ESPN-televised finals on July 8.
The competition will also be limited to about 200 spellers, a 64% reduction from the 2019 event which had 562 participants.

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