Hojat-ol-Islam Mohammad Hossein Rafiei told IQNA that contenders in the 26th edition will compete in all of the 15 categories of the event via the cyberspace.
The decision has been taken due to the coronavirus pandemic, he noted.
The cleric added that if the COVID-19 situations improves, the final stage in some categories may be organized in-person.
Self-sacrifice, resistance and the Islamic Revolution’s discourse are the themes of this year’s festival, Hojat-ol-Islam Rafiei further said.
Al-Mustafa International University is a religious and Islamic university established to expand and introduce Islamic and religious teachings in the world through modern facilities and technologies.
It annually organizes the international Quran and Hadith festival for its students and their family members from various countries.
The coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, has infected over 18 million people around the world and killed more than 689,000.
The outbreak has had a major impact on global sporting, cultural, religious and political events, with a host of events canceled or postponed.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic and restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the disease, many Quranic programs in different countries have gone online.