Breaking: Three More Semifinals Go Virtual, Bringing Total To Five
Three more Semifinal events have decided to take their competition virtual, making the official announcement Wednesday midday.
The Lowlands Throwdown, Brazil CrossFit Championship, and Asia Invitational are the three latest events to forego in-person competition, bringing the total number of virtual Semifinals to five with just over a month before the first week of Semifinals is scheduled to kick off on May 28.
One big thing: With the local regulations in each event location evolving by the day, the switch to virtual — while less than ideal — helps the athletes assigned to those events avoid potential travel issues which would have major implications on the overall landscape of the competitive season.
- Athletes like Katrin Davidsdottir (11th Europe) or Nicolas Bidarte (1st South America) currently reside in the United States and would have had to travel back to the host country in order to compete.
- With Europe, Asia, and South America completely virtual, it reduces the number of transplanted athletes that could have been stranded and required to instead compete in the proposed Catch-all Virtual Semifinal event that CrossFit has introduced as a potential fill-in.
- There is potential with the increased number of virtual events, a Catch-all Virtual Semifinal may not be needed to accommodate athletes stranded via travel restrictions.
The three events join the German Throwdown and the Atlas Games as the other two events that previously chose the virtual route, and it is possible that another event could be added to the list as well depending on developments in the coming weeks.
- Brazil was also moved to the week 3 Semifinal slate, joining the Lowlands Throwdown and German Throwdown, and making the entirety of the week a virtual weekend of Semifinal competition.
Four of the five in-person Semifinals are in the first two weekends, leaving the West Coast Classic as the lone potential live event to take place in the final two weekends of events.