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Asia CrossFit Championship Postponed Due to Coronavirus

China’s original Sanctional will take place at a later date.

The Asia CrossFit Championship has officially been postponed to the start of July, the Sanctional announced yesterday.

The competition, which was scheduled for May 8 to 10, will now take place between July 3 and 5 in Shanghai.

The Sanctional had been monitoring the situation closely together with CrossFit HQ, and has decided this is the best course of action.

“Shanghai has been in all-out efforts in prevention and steadily keeping the city safer,” the event wrote on Instagram. “We appreciate your kind understanding and thank you for your support!”

The new date falls on the same weekend as the Mayan Classic, the last Sanctional of the 2019/2020 CrossFit season before the CrossFit Games.

Last year, team Mayhem Freedom, Brent Fikowski and Eik Gylfadóttir all secured their Games invites at the Asia CrossFit Championship.

CORONAVIRUS AND CROSSFIT SANCTIONALS

Upcoming European Sanctionals are also monitoring the situation closely and are due to go ahead as planned. The German Throwdown and the Italian Showdown both announced they aim to guarantee a safe event for everyone and that measures will be in place to mitigate the risk of infection.

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🇬🇧 As for now the schedule of the Italian Showdown is confirmed: the event will regularly take place from April 24 to 26 in Riccione – on the Adriatic Riviera – 300Km outside of the zone affected by the coronavirus alert. – We keep monitoring the situation and working closely with the local and national health and sport authorities to guarantee a safe event for athletes, spectators and for our staff. – – – 🇮🇹 Al momento il programma dell'Italian Showdown è confermato: l'evento si svolgerà regolarmente dal 24 al 26 Aprile a Riccione – sulla Riviera Adriatica – 300Km al di fuori della zona interessata dall'allerta coronavirus. – Continuiamo a monitorare la situazione e a lavorare a stretto contatto con le autorità sanitarie e sportive locali e nazionali per garantire un evento sicuro per atleti, spettatori e per il nostro staff.

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“[…] we have taken precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all participants. Hand cleansers can be found at every entrance and in all the toilets. Frequently used objects such as handrails, door handles and bathrooms in particular are also being cleaned and disinfected at shorter intervals,” Benedict Gebhardt, Managing Director at the German Throwdown, wrote in a press release.

“At the current moment there are no requirements, restrictions or a ban of the responsible authorities and experts for the CrossFit German Throwdown 2020 on March 28 & 29 in Berlin. Therfore it would be wrong to all participants (athletes, spectators, volunteers and partners) to postpone or cancel the event prematurely.

“We are following the current developments very closely and with our highest priority. If there will be any changes, we will inform about it as fast as possible through the known communication channels.

You can find the full official statement here.

CrossFit Sanctionals are independently owned competitions which offer a direct qualifying route to the CrossFit Games to the highest ranked team and male and female individuals without a previous qualification spot.