2020 Strongman Events Canceled or Postponed Due To Coronavirus (Updated)

A continuously updated list of the status of strongman events.

The coronavirus pandemic is causing a multitude of strongman events to be canceled, postponed, or otherwise forced to adjust the events accordingly. We at BarBend decided it would be helpful to have a continuously updated list of canceled and postponed strongman events. We have lists for CrossFit eventsweightlifting events, and powerlifting events as well.

As more event organizers share updates, we will update this article accordingly.

Here are the events that have had details published about or have been affected thus far:

World’s Strongest Man – May 20-24

The 2020 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) competition has been postponed. According to the press release shared by WSM:

“The finals will now take place November 14 – 15, following qualifying rounds November 11 – 12, both on Anna Maria Island.”

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): As you all know, the situation regarding the current COVID-19 outbreak is developing daily. As an event organiser, please be assured that we are taking this situation seriously. The Giants Live team is monitoring government advice and working closely with Arenas to ensure we make the best decision regarding our upcoming shows. We will do our best to minimise disruption to fans and to the sport in general, but in this unprecedented pandemic, the health of our audience, athletes and crew must be a priority. We appreciate your support and understanding during what is a very confusing and difficult time for us all and we will keep you updated when we know more. We hope you all stay safe and well.

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World’s Strongest Man Arena Tour 2020

Not canceled.

The Giant’s Live World’s Strongest Man Arena Tour 2020 is a series of strongman events across the United States and United Kingdom. In January, Britain’s Strongest Man in Sheffield, UK  was the first event of the series for 2020.

The rest of the scheduled series is as follows:

  • Strongman Classic – London, England – June 6th
  • North American Open – Florida, USA – August TBD
  • World Open – Manchester, England – September 12th
  • World Tour Finals – Glasgow, Scotland – October 10th

On the Giants Live: WSM Arena Tour Instagram page, it was announced that they are monitoring daily updates, including government advice, regarding the coronavirus and will inform event organizers as needed. However, they haven’t said whether or not upcoming events are definitely happening or what the likelihood of canceling or postponement is.

2020 World’s Ultimate Strongman – April 11

The World’s Ultimate Strongman set to take place in Bahrain has been postponed

2020 Arnold Strongman Classic champion Hafthor Bjornsson was set to make a highly anticipated world record 501kg/1,104.5lb deadlift at the event. According to the World’s Ultimate Strongman Instagram page:

“The show is DEFINITELY happening and the 501kg deadlift will be broken at World’s Ultimate Strongman once this pandemic is under control and conditions are more favorable.”

Arnold Europe – September 18-20

The Arnold Europe has been rescheduled. This contest will now take place on December 11-13 in Sevilla, Spain.

Arnold South America, Australia, and Africa

According to Brent Lalonde of the Arnold Sports Festival, Arnold South America has been rescheduled to take place on October 2nd through 4th, 2020. The Arnold Africa hopes to reschedule later in the year, but no formal dates have been announced. The contests that were scheduled to take place on their original dates are planned to take place on their new dates. There is no word on when or if the events that were cancelled in Australia will take place this year.

Europe’s Strongest Man – April 4

Europe’s Strongest Man was slated to take place on April 4th in Leeds, UK. However, according to the Giants Live team, the event has been postponed until August 8th.

“Given the government’s latest advice regarding COVID-19…we have no option other than to postpone Europe’s Strongest Man on April 4th. The event will now take place on Saturday, August 8th, 2020.”

Log Lift World Championship – April 4th

The Log Lift World Championship was originally scheduled for April 4th has been postponed. It will now take place alongside Europe’s Strongest Man on August 8th.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Given the government’s latest advice regarding COVID-19, the Giants Live team in discussion with the athletes, supporters and our crew realise we have no option other than to postpone Europe’s Strongest Man on April 4th. The event will now take place on Saturday, August 8th, 2020. We are exceptionally grateful of your support for this event. Many of you have helped us build this event into what it is now. We will work tirelessly until August 8th to make sure the wait is worth it and it’s bigger and better than ever before – and by then we will likely all need a good night out! All tickets will still be valid for the new date so please keep them safe – Any queries should please be directed to the company you purchased your ticket from. We know that the Strongman Community will eventually come through this together, stronger than ever – and in the meantime, we hope you all stay safe and well.

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California’s Strongest Man – April 4

According to their website, the California’s Strongest Man competition is still set to take place as scheduled. However, event organizers have stated that it is subject to change based on evolving policies from the California state government in response to the coronavirus outbreak:

“…as the recommendations for public gatherings are changing daily. At the moment, our competitor list is small enough that we’re still able to gather in public and hold the event.”

The Ronnie Coleman Strongman Classic 2020 – April 4

According to the announcement on their Facebook page, the Ronnie Coleman Strongman Classic 2020 will happen as scheduled. There are adjustments being made to the competition in an effort to stymie the spread of the coronavirus. Event organizer Scott Brockelman stated that “…we will allow competitors to use gloves on any or all events that they would like to.”

All equipment will be periodically wiped down with rubbing alcohol throughout the event.

FAQs

Is the World's Ultimate Strongman canceled?

The 2020 World’s Ultimate Strongman event has been postponed. The new date has yet to be announced.

Is the World's Strongest Man canceled?

No. Currently, there has not been any changes made to the scheduling of the 2020 World’s Strongest Man competition.

Is Europe's Strongest Man canceled?

No. Although the situation is being monitored closely, there has not yet been any information released regarding major changes to the Europe’s Strongest Man competition.

Feature image via World’s Ultimate Strongman Instagram page: @worldsultimatestrongman

Phil Blechman

Phil Blechman

Phil is a native New Yorker passionate about storytelling, bodybuilding, and game design. He holds a BFA from Syracuse University.

Before becoming a Staff Writer at BarBend, Phil worked on the creative team at World Wrestling Entertainment, as a narrator for Audible.com with over a dozen titles, and as a producer, director, and playwright Off-Broadway in New York City where he worked for The Araca Group and co-founded IJB Theatrical Productions. He can be heard as a co-host of both the Here’s What’s Up podcast and Eternal Durdles podcast.

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