Coronavirus Lockdown Causes 2020 CrossFit Italian Showdown to Move Online

The shift to online competition comes amid the lockdown in Italy caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

According to a press release by CrossFitHQ, the CrossFit Italian Showdown scheduled for April 24th-26th at the Riccione Play Hall in Northern Italy will now take place online instead due to the government lockdown amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the assessment that the outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic — an epidemic that has spread across multiple continents — on March 11th.

The CrossFit Italian Showdown is the fifteenth CrossFit Sanctionals® competition of the 2020 season and the newest addition to the growing list of events that have had to cancel, postpone, or make significant adjustments such as prohibiting spectators to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The list includes the Arnold Sports Festival, the AsianEuropean, and African Weightlifting Championships, and the Olympic Flame lighting ceremony.

[Related: Check out the results of the Australian CrossFit Championship.]

CrossFit Italian Showdown stated in their coronavirus update that:

“At this stage there is no guarantee that the situation will change soon, so there is no reason to wait any longer to make a decision. Running the Italian Showdown in April is not an option, not even postponing it to July. Health comes first.”

It was made explicitly clear in CrossFit Italian Showdown’s official statement that the Italian invitation to the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games will still be awarded to winners in all divisions. All other prizes will also be awarded to all podium finishers despite the competition taking place online. 

Here is additional information regarding the CrossFit Italian Showdown:

  • Registered athletes will retain the right to compete again once the lockdown is suspended.
    • Registered athletes will be admitted automatically.
    • Spectator tickets will be maintained.
  • The in-person CrossFit Showdown Championship will take place using the same format and venue at a future date TBD.

[Related: Check out the full recap of the Brazilian CrossFit Championship.]

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La leaderboard degli Open 2020 è definitiva: 239 atleti di tutto il mondo hanno ricevuto l'invito a rappresentare la propria nazione dal 29 Luglio al 2 Agosto ai CrossFit Games 2020 a Madison. – Congratulazioni ai Campioni Nazionali d'Italia: 🥇 Stefano Migliorini @s_migliorini 🥇 Alessandra Pichelli @alessandrapichelli – Da sottolineare che, dopo la revisione degli score, la leaderboard italiana vede Stefano Migliorini a pari merito con Stefano Carosso, entrambi classificati al primo posto con 25 punti. Il titolo di Campione Nazionale va a Migliorini, grazie al vantaggio su Carosso per il numero di migliori piazzamenti: due primi posti (20.1 e 20.5) contro uno (20.3). – Con l'augurio che Migliorini recuperi completamente la condizione fisica dopo il recente intervento alla spalla, ricordiamo che, in caso di rinuncia all'invito, il titolo di campione (e di conseguenza la partecipazione ai Games) NON passerà al secondo classificato. – L'unico caso in cui l'invito passa al secondo classificato, è quando il primo rifiuta l'invito come Individual per partecipare ai Games in Team (punto 4.02 del regolamento 2020).

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CrossFitHQ will extend invites to the newly eligible male, female, and team competitors once the video review process is completed.

Feature image from CrossFit Italian Showdown’s Instagram page: @italianshowdown

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 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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