SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., April 24, 2019 — CrossFit, Inc. today announced four new officially sanctioned events for individual athletes and teams to compete for invitations to the 2020 CrossFit Games.
Sanctionals™ are independent fitness competitions licensed by CrossFit, Inc. to invite their top individual and team competitors to the CrossFit Games. These four newly sanctioned competitions will take place in Mainz, Germany; Hurghada, Egypt; Asbury Park, New Jersey; and Gol, Norway. As with the previously announced Sanctionals™, the champions of the male, female, and team competition at each event will receive invitations to compete at the 2020 CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin.
“The CrossFit Sanctionals™ provide greater opportunities for athletes, sponsors, and fans to participate in, and to attend, competitive CrossFit events around the globe, all the while preserving the individual and regional character of local events,” said CrossFit CEO Jeff Cain.
The Norwegian CrossFit Championship will combine the Norwegian heritage of fitness competition with a unique sense of Scandinavian nature in the winter of 2020. The Norwegian CrossFit Championship will be held Feb. 14-16, 2020, in Gol, Norway.
Since its inaugural year in 2014, the CrossFit German Throwdown has earned a reputation for providing high quality individual and team competition across Germany and Europe. Athletes and spectators from all over the world are invited to experience the German passion for CrossFit and an electric event atmosphere. Event winners will receive invitations to the 2020 CrossFit Games. The 2020 event will be held in the final week of March.
The ELFIT CrossFit Championship is an international fitness competition held in Hurghada, Egypt. Launched in February 2013, the ELFIT CrossFit Championship serves the growing fitness community in Egypt and abroad, bringing together a spectrum of athletes, from top competitors to rookies, and spectators from countries all over the world. Now in its eighth year, the ELFIT CrossFit Championship will be held in April of 2020.
The Asbury Park Summer Games is an all-inclusive CrossFit-sanctioned event that takes place June 20-21, 2020, in historic Asbury Park, New Jersey. The iconic seaside-town event, well-known for its food, music, and competition, is the fifth official Sanctionals™ event in the United States.
The winners of the individual and team competitions from each of the 2020 Sanctionals™ will be invited to participate in the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games, which will take place in Madison, Wisconsin, in the summer of 2020. The final field of athletes at the Games will include National Champions from the Open, top athletes from the worldwide Open leaderboard, at-large invitees, and winners from Sanctionals™ competitions. The Games determine the winners of a multimillion-dollar final prize purse and the title of Fittest on Earth®. The road to Madison for the 2020 CrossFit Games begins in October 2019 with the CrossFit Open.
CrossFit Inc. will release the 2020 Sanctionals™ season calendar of events in May 2019.
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