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AGOQ video review process extended, Fittest on Earth “will be crowned”

CrossFit HQ is determined to go ahead with the 2020 CrossFit Games.

The Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ) video review process has been extended, CrossFit announced on Monday.

The video review was originally scheduled to be completed by April 13, however, CrossFit HQ has been “focused on supporting CrossFit affiliates dealing with temporary closure,” the organisation wrote in a press release. “The situation has affected efforts to meet the deadline for the qualifier.”

The new deadline is set for April 29, when all penalties and scoring adjustments will be set. Age Group athletes can expect the leaderboard to be final by May 11.

Prior to the announcement of the deadline extension, CrossFit Games tweeted:

“The Fittest on Earth will be crowned. All options for hosting the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games are being explored.”

The definite statement from CrossFit that the Games will move forward was received with mixed reaction.

Yet the announcement means the season’s ought to find its feet again soon; postponed Sanctionals that haven’t set a new date may have to do so soon, to allow more individual athletes and teams a chance to qualify to the Games.

More than half of the scheduled Sanctionals have been postponed, with the French Throwdown, Lowlands Throwdown and Rogue Invitational cancelling their live events this season (and with that decision the possibility for athletes to qualify to the Games). The Rogue Invitational moved the competition online and the French Throwdown hasn’t ruled out a different kind of event should the opportunity present itself.

No more details were released regarding options being explored.

UPDATE: the latest Sanctional to cancel this season are the Atlas Games, the event announced today. Sporting events will not take place in Quebec before August 31st.

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If you live in Quebec or Canada, you now know that events and festivals must abide by certain restrictions that either come from the city of Montreal or the Quebec government. Sporting events, with certain exceptions, will not be able to take place before August 31st. This was made public in the last few days. This date could also change depending on how the covid-19 situation is evolving. We have been working for weeks now to find the best solution concerning the CrossFit Atlas Games. As mentioned before, we are trying to be as transparent as possible, which is why, today, we would like to inform you of the following. In regards to the latest news and the evolution in Canada and the USA, the CrossFit Atlas Games took the decision to postpone the event to an undetermined date. It is possible that this date be in 2021, even if we would obviously prefer to keep it in the 2020 calendar year. As you probably realise, the cancellation of the event in March has had huge financial repercussions to our small organisation. Whether you were participating as an athlete, spectator, vendor or collaborating partner your support is now crucial to the survival of this Sanctional and therefore our business. Again, in all honesty, if we had to reimburse everyone, it would mean the end of the CrossFit Atlas Games. We are simply unable to reimburse everyone involved in this adventure. We never thought it would have to come to this, but this is our reality. A reality very different from other Sanctionals because of the timing of our event and covid-19’s evolution. We have therefore tried to devise a solution, which isn’t perfect, but we hope it can be a good compromise for everyone. Your constant support is absolutely extraordinary and without precedent. It is thanks to your contributions that we will successfully bring everything back on its feet rapidly. Of course, as we have been doing since the cancellation, we will continue to keep you regularly informed of all developments surrounding the competition. Our entire team wholeheartedly thanks you. Specific communication to spectators, athletes, sponsors/exhibitors and other participants will follow by email.

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