On Sunday morning, the CrossFit French Throwdown announced on Instagram that “it would not be reasonable to keep working on an event” given disruptions and mandatory lockdown due to the global coronavirus pandemic. “This is why we [made] the decision to postpone the 2020 edition to 2021.” The event was originally scheduled to take place June 26-28 in Yvelines, France.
One big thing: While the CrossFit French Throwdown is the 15th Sanctional to be postponed, it is the first to announce that it will not try to reschedule in 2020. At this point, there remain only two Sanctionals on the schedule that have yet to announce a postponement or new date — the Asbury Park Summer Games (June 20-21, Asbury Park, NJ) and the Mayan CrossFit Classic (July 3-5, Riviera Maya, Mexico).
From the announcement: “In these uncertain times, our priority is to make sure the people implicated in the event, its life and its community stay healthy.”
- “Taking this into account, we believe it would not be reasonable to keep on working on an event that would go against these priorities. It is not the right time to focus on organizing a sporting event but it is the time to be united with our family and friends. This is why we [made] the decision to postpone the 2020 edition to 2021.”
- “This was a very hard decision but it is the best decision we could make. Of course, every registered athlete will automatically be registered for 2021.”
Leaving the door open: The postponement announcement hinted that the organizers, if able, could still try to pull off an event in some format this year, but reiterated that for now, it’s best to prioritize health, wellness and family.
- “2020 is not over yet and if an opportunity presents itself, we will do our best to make the spirit of the 2020 FTD come to life but for now, stay at home, take care of yourself, eat well and move well. Spend time with your loved ones. Don’t forget to support your box and your communities. This is the only effective medicine against this disease.”
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