A total of seven Sanctionals have announced their events will be postponed due to the coronavirus and new restrictions on large gatherings to prevent the spread of the virus.
The following Sanctionals have been postponed:
- CrossFit Atlas Games
- CrossFit West Coast Classic
- German Throwdown
- Reykjavik CrossFit Championship
- ELFIT CrossFit Championship
- Italian Showdown
- Asia CrossFit Championship
The West Coast Classic, which was scheduled for next week, has also been postponed to a future date to be announced.
“We are disappointed for our athletes, volunteers, fans and partners, as the state of California has banned mass gatherings of more than 250 through the end of March.
“However, this is not the end; the West Coast Classic will be rescheduled to a later date in 2020,” wrote the West Coast Classic on Instagram.
The Reykjavik CrossFit Championship released the following statement:
“It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that the Reykjavik Crossfit Championship is postponed until later this year. Due to the prevailing uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus, we have decided to postpone the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship until later in June.”
Following the World Health Organization’s announcement, declaring the coronavirus outbreak as pandemic, ELFIT CrossFit Championship decided to reschedule the event to June.
“We know that this statement is very disappointing to all of us, but epidemics are uncontrollable and unpredictable. The health and safety of our athletes, organizers, volunteers, & spectators are of utmost importance to us. This is what matters now,” the Sanctional published on Instagram.
The Italian Showdown is set to take place as an online competition. The Sanctional announced today, however, that in the absence of a live competition, CrossFit HQ decided they will not be extending the Games invites based on online results.
“This communication leaves us disappointed and frustrated. But we also understand that the situation is changing day by day and that we must adapt quickly. In just the last 48 hours, seven Sanctionals have been postponed, so this is way bigger than us and this is the time to stand up and take the right decisions, even if they are hard.
“On our side we confirm our full cooperation with the CrossFit Games team and with all the other Sanctionals. This is the time to stand together for the good of the Community. This is the time to take care of our families and protect the most vulnerable people,” organisers wrote.
The Asia CrossFit Championship announced its postponement a week ago. It was the first CrossFit Sanctional affected by the outbreak. The event, which was scheduled for May 8 to 10, will now take place between July 3 and 5 in Shanghai.
At the moment of writing, the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Championship is the only Sanctional scheduled before May that hasn’t been postponed.
“At this time, we continue to remain in close contact with DC officials and there are no changes to the outlook of the Main Event. In the event that anything changes, we will post an announcement on our social media channels as early as possible,” the Sanctional posted on Instagram.
The next scheduled event after the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Championship is the Rogue Invitational in May 13 to 15.
All postponed Sanctionals are set to release further information soon.
Upcoming Sanctionals set to take place in May are all closely monitoring developments and actively working with CrossFit HQ and relevant health authorities to provide the best and safest possible outcome for all parties.