Mayhem Madness Postponed, August 23 New Target Date
On Tuesday evening the organizers of Mayhem Madness announced on Instagram that they have postponed their team-only competition to another date due to travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic for qualified international teams. The week-long event in Cookeville, TN has shifted from its original date of August 2-9 to a target date of August 23-30.
The bottom line: The United States still has travel bans and restrictions for many of the countries that international teams will be traveling from. Four of the nine teams that received an invitation to the competition through Sanctionals are affected by travel restrictions. The purpose of Mayhem Madness and host Rich Froning’s goal was to gather the best teams on earth and put on a competitive event. Without many of the top teams able to participate under current restrictions, the event risks not reaching the expectations of the organizers, Froning and fans.
- Before the online qualifier started Team Butcher’s Lab, the winner of the team division at the Pandaland CrossFit Championship, declined their invitation due to travel restrictions.
- Last week another team, The Canadians, featuring some of the top CrossFit athletes north of the US border also declined their invitation after earning their invite with a fourth-place finish in the Mayhem Madness qualifier. They declined based on current restrictions between the two neighboring countries.
- The Athlete Program, The Progrm, Taranis Lifetree and Starr Strength Black are international teams with invites that currently face travel restrictions to the US.
- The Australia-based Starr Strength Black faces some of the tougher restrictions but not from the US. Australia has closed all their borders since the onset of the pandemic and has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases since relaxing restrictions resulting in the country to once again limiting their travel in and out.
- The US has also seen an increase in COVID-19 cases over the last month leading to many countries issuing travel restrictions to the US.
- On Wednesday, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,472 cases of COVID-19, setting a new single-day high.
- The Mayhem Madness organizers will re-evaluate the travel bans and restrictions on August 1 with an announcement based on those findings on August 3 to the participating teams.
- Mayhem Madness, in a statement posted on their Instagram, said, “This postponement comes as a great disappointment to us, and we appreciate your understanding.”
- They also added, “We have been and will continue to pursue the creation and implementation of a world-class event for the Teams.”