The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it a public health emergency, so it’s no surprise the Coronavirus outbreak is having an effect on the worldwide CrossFit community.
- The disease has killed at least 212 people in China and there have been close to 10,000 cases confirmed by Chinese health authorities. Nearly 100 additional cases have been confirmed around the world.
The Asia CrossFit Championship (ACC) Online Qualifier has pushed back the deadline for submission by 10 days. Affiliates across the country have had to remain closed in the wake of the outbreak. The new online qualifier deadline is February 12, UTC+8 11:59 PM.
- Event Organizer Max Ma said that while their teams remain safe and are doing well, most businesses will remain shut down until February 9.
- “Most of the affiliates are taking the initiative to close for a week or more. It’s Chinese New Year anyway, so most of them had already planned to close,” he said.
The live event is set to take place beginning May 8, however, organizers have confirmed those dates could change, pending how quickly the outbreak is controlled.
- “I will work with the government to try to keep the event on time … But if they have decided to postpone it to June or July, we could work with HQ to set that up. Worst case scenario is that we go for 2021 season,” Max Ma added.
The Morning Chalk Up has spoken with several athletes who had planned on competing at ACC but are now reconsidering.
- Former Games athlete Brandon Swan said: “I think it’s a no from me. I value my health over a Games spot.”
- Two times Pacific Regionals competitor Laken Watt had planned to peak for Asia: “But obviously health is more important. I’ll finish the qualifier but not sure if Asia is in my plan anymore.”
China’s National Champion Ant Haynes lives in Hong Kong and took pictures outside his flat this week where a line of people backed up 300 meters to purchase face masks.
- “I know a few [affiliates] in China have had to close up shop for a few weeks because of the virus,” he told the Morning Chalk Up “Hong Kong is just on red alert, being so close to China.”
While we compete in the Sport of Fitness, the ultimate goal is health and longevity. To all those affected in the community, our thoughts are with you — stay safe — and contact us if you feel there are ways in which the global CrossFit community can help.