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After the cancellation and postponement of many global sporting events due to the pandemic, the future of the Reebok CrossFit Games 2020 looked uncertain. Initially, the competition was moved from Wisconsin to California and it was determined that spectators were not allowed to participate. Then CrossFit said only the top 20 men and women would be invited to the Open to minimize the risk of spreading coronavirus.
However, on Friday, August 7th, CrossFit announced the games become This year’s search for the world’s strongest will continue with the 30 best men and women – albeit with a significantly different format than in previous years.
The Games will now consist of two separate phases: an online competition that athletes from anywhere in the world can participate in remotely, followed by a personal event in the US for those who can make it far enough.
“The 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games are a breeze!” Recently appointed CrossFit CEO Eric Roza said in an official statement. “At CrossFit, we’re always excited about a challenge, and hosting a global sporting event in the age of COVID is no exception. We’re excited to bring the CrossFit Games to our athletes, fans, and members of CrossFit Gym 158 through one country A two-tier format that combines a global online competition with a small personal final in Northern California. This innovative format will help us protect the safety of our athletes while providing a premium gaming experience to identify the best people in the world. “
Under the new rules, the 30 men and 30 women invited to the games will compete against each other either in their own four walls or remotely in local gyms. In this first phase of the competition, the ranking list and the prize money for the athletes who ride from 30th to 6th place are determined. The five remaining athletes then travel to California for a personal competition.
“The world is facing an unprecedented crisis,” said Dave Castro, CrossFit Sports Director. “After extensive discussions with athletes and public health officials, we have determined that this format is the best way to preserve the spirit and substance of the Games and to ensure that athletes win the title of ‘Fittest on Earth’ in a safe and fair manner “can fight.”
The dates for the two phases have yet to be confirmed and are expected to be announced later this month. However, CrossFit has stated that the first remote stage will take place sometime in September and the personal final will take place around 4 to 4 weeks after that. Both the online and in-person events will be filmed and streamed live on the official CrossFit Games website.
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