Ukrainian Affiliates Closed Indefinitely After Russian Invasion

February 24, 2022 by and
Black smoke rises from a military airport in Chuguev near Kharkiv, Ukraine. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images
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Overnight, Russian forces attacked Ukraine by land, air and sea from Belarus, Crimea and Russia, launching a full-scale ground offensive in the eastern part of Ukraine. CrossFit’s seven affiliates located in Ukraine have now shut their doors indefinitely, according to translated social media posts. 

What they’re saying: “Due to the recent events in Ukraine, the gyms will temporarily be closed. We believe in our army and hope that we will see you again soon!” wrote CrossFit Banda on Instagram, the largest chain in Ukraine with at least four locations. 

  • Voin CrossFit in Kyiv: “The gym will be closed until the situation is stabilized.”
  • Arsen Galeev, co-owner of My F Gym in Kyiv, Ukraine: “We are temporarily closed until we know how to take further action. In the meantime, I ask that everyone remain calm only believe trusted sources of information.”
  • Amateur Competition 2022 in Kyiv: “Due to the Russian aggression, we will not be able to hold the tournament this weekend. We will inform you about the new competition date as soon as the situation in the country stabilizes! Peace be upon you all! We believe in Ukraine!”

The state of play: “Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine, including the CrossFit affiliates, coaches, and members there whose lives and safety are at risk,” CrossFit’s GM of Affiliates and International Gary Gaines told the Morning Chalk Up. “We have reached out to all of our affiliates in Ukraine to see if there is anything we can do to help, and we stand ready to support our Ukrainian CrossFit community.”

  • CrossFit’s European country managers also reached out to Ukrainian affiliates today asking how they can help support their affiliates.
  • What happens with the Open?  Frankly, there are much bigger concerns, but due to the ongoing violence in Kyiv, the approximately 200 athletes currently signed up for the 2022 CrossFit Open will not likely be able to log scores for the foreseeable future. 

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