Earlier today, a press release was shared on PR Newswire from CrossFit, Inc. announcing four more sanctioned events (qualifiers) for the 2019 CrossFit Games and one for the 2020 CrossFit Games. This now brings the total number of announced qualifiers to 15 for the 2019 CrossFit Games. In addition, CrossFit, Inc. also announced the date for online registration for the 2019 CrossFit Open.
Online registration for the 2019 CrossFit Open will start on January 10th.
If you’ve been following along with all of the 2019 CrossFit Games changes, then this announcement now leaves only one more qualifier to be announced for the 2019 Games, although, that’s based off the current reports, and CrossFit has yet to officially disclose if 16 is the magic number or if there will be more. The latest press release includes events taking place in Australia, China, and Iceland.
“Whether athletes are competing in Wollongong, Reykjavik, or Shanghai, they represent the spirit of the CrossFit community— a community that today crosses more borders and contains more languages and cultures than we could have ever imagined at the start,” said CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman.
Below we’ve listed the latest five qualifiers, along with information from CrossFit, Inc.’s press release, and the tentative schedule for 2019 CrossFit Games qualifiers. Also, be sure to check out the full 2019 CrossFit Games schedule (what we know).
1. Australian CrossFit Championship
This qualifier is set to take place in January 2019 in Queensland, Australia. For this competition, there will be an online qualifier to select the 32 men and women, and 16 teams who will be invited to compete. The top placing woman, man, and team will qualify for the 2019 CrossFit Games.
2. Asia CrossFit Championship
The Asia CrossFit Championship is set to take place in April 2019, and will be China’s first ever CrossFit Games qualifying competition. In CrossFit, Inc.’s press release Max Ma owner of One Nation Huaihai states, “With event programming from CrossFit Games athletes Austin Malleolo, Spencer Hendel and James Hobart, the Asia CrossFit Championship is not one not to miss.”
3. Reykjavik CrossFit Championship
This qualifier is set to take place in May of 2019 and Annie Thorisdottir is serving as the Championship’s director. The top placing man, woman, and team will earn a ticket to the 2019 CrossFit Games. Thorisdottir states in the press release, “Building on the tradition of Icelandic strongmen and women, the competition will be varied and exciting.”
4. Down Under CrossFit Championship
The Down Under CrossFit Championship will be taking placing in May of 2019 in Wollongong, Australia. The Down Under CrossFit Championship’s director Mick shaw states, “This year, the Down Under CrossFit Championship will incorporate some of the scenic settings of Wollongong into the events to create a diverse and challenging event.”
5. Pandaland CrossFit Championship (2020 CrossFit Games)
The Pandaland CrossFit Championship will serve as a qualifier for the 2020 CrossFit Games. This competition is set to take place in December 2019 in Sichuan Province, China. Pandaland CrossFit Championship Director Zhu Chen states in the press release, “We are ready to share our love of history, culture, and sport, and of course, celebrate the growth of the Chinese CrossFit community with the rest of the world.”
The Current 2019 CrossFit Games Qualifiers Schedule
1. Dubai Championships — December 2018
2. Wodapalooza – January 2019
3. Australian CrossFit Championship — January 2019
4. CrossFit Fittest In Capetown — February 2019
5. CrossFit Strength In Depth — February 2019
6. CrossFit French Throwdown — April 2019
7. Asian CrossFit Championship — April 2019
8. Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge — April 2019
9. The CrossFit Italian Showdown — April 2019
10. Brazil CrossFit Championship — May 2019
11. The CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown — May 2019
12. Downunder CrossFit Championship — May 2019
13. Reykjavik CrossFit Championship — May 2019
14. Down Under CrossFit Championship — May 2019
15. Granite Games — June 2019
*2020 CrossFit Games Qualifiers
Pandaland CrossFit Championship — December 2019
The SouthFit CrossFit Challenge — November 2020
Feature image from @crossfitgames Instagram page and photo by @davexre.