In a move that was not entirely surprising, but significant nonetheless, the Asbury Park Summer Games announced on Instagram Friday that it would postpone the event until 2021; the date is yet to be determined. The first-year Sanctional was set to take place June 20-21 in Asbury Park, NJ. The announcement represents the final step in a total disruption of the 2019-2020 Sanctionals season by the COVID-19 pandemic.
One big thing: As with the other Sanctionals who have postponed or canceled, the organizers of the Asbury Park Summer Games find themselves in a less than ideal financial position. And yet, they are offering optional refunds to all athletes, however, the payment processing company will keep a small fee. More than 1000 athletes registered for the competition and they can choose to have their money back or hold their spot for the 2021 event so they do not have to qualify again. Asbury Park Summer Games IOQ2 registration fees will be refunded as well.
From the announcement: “As NJ is still in lockdown, we had to make the required decision by the state to postpone the 2020 [Asbury Park Summer] Games until 2021.”
- “Athletes be on the lookout for an email on next steps. Partners you will all be contacted. Judges and volunteers be on the lookout for an email.”
The bottom line: All 17 remaining Sanctionals, from the Atlas Games, originally scheduled March 13-15, through the Mayan Classic, originally scheduled July 3-5, have been postponed or canceled. The Asbury Park Summer Games was in a difficult position and as the state of New Jersey is still under a stay-at-home order, with little likelihood that will change anytime soon, event organizers had little choice in the matter.
As of this moment, the CrossFit Games intends to hold a live event to crown the “Fittest” in Aromas, CA this summer.
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