The 2021 Polynesian Bowl has been cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns.

5-star Ohio State wide receiver Emeka Egbuka was slated to participate in the event.

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The Polynesian Bowl is now shifting its focus to the 2022 event.


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“Over the past several months, we have been working closely with the state of Hawaii officials in order to host a safe and successful Polynesian Bowl. Due to the recent U.S. surge in COVID-19 cases, the complex state-by-state pre-testing and quarantine requirements for travelers, and most importantly, concern for the health and safety of our athletes, coaches and staff, we have made the very difficult decision to not play in 2021. We look forward to a better than ever 2022, where the world’s top high school football players will once again gather in Hawai’i to celebrate the culture and play the game they love. Super Bowl MVPs Trent Dilfer and Doug Williams will serve as head coaches for the 2022 Polynesian Bowl.”

Egbuka, the nation’s No. 1 receiver according to 247Sports, was a prized acquisition for Ohio State’s No. 2 overall ranked Class of 2021.