The coronavirus outbreak has been affecting sporting events all over the world. Now it seems that the CrossFit German Throwdown is the latest victim to succumb to the virus.
The CrossFit German Throwdown was expected to be the eleventh Sanctional event, taking place on March 28-29th. However, with the concern of the coronavirus increasing, they have decided to postpone the event until later this here. They released a press statement to make the announcement.
“The CrossFit German Throwdown 2020, that should’ve taken place in March in Berlin, is postponed due to the developments concerning Covid-19.
Due to the rapid spread of the new coronavirus (Covid-19) the responsible health authority of the district of Treptow-Köpenick in Berlin has ordered that the event has to be cancelled. German Throwdown had made it known that a decision on holding or cancelling the event would only be taken based on the recommendations or instructions of the relevant specialist authorities. Only they possess the necessary information and specialist knowledge in order to draw the right conclusions.
The German Throwdown, as only Sanctionals™ and biggest Event in the DACH-area, is extremely important to the community and so it comes with dissapointment, that the event cannot happen at the end of March. The priority is the health and safety of our athletes, spectators, volunteers, staff and partners.
Right at the beginning of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Germany we worked out a Plan B to be prepared for all eventualities. That is why we are happy to not have to cancel the event but that it will take place at a later point. We trust that the decision to postpone the event ensures that the German Throwdown continues to serve the community in the secure and safe conditions needed. Together with Arena Berlin we are looking for the best available dates before the CrossFit Games.
We understand that the postponement is not the ideal case, for all involved parties as well as for us. Though we are sure that we can count on the support of the community and our partners.
We will communicate further information in the coming days.”
The CrossFit German Throwdown is not the only Sanctional event to make changes according to the coronavirus. The CrossFit Italian Showdown even made the decision to switch to online broadcasts. Furthermore, the CrossFit Games is monitoring the situation closely, despite the fact that the event is several months away.
The concerns of coronavirus are quite serious, so these changes are understandable. FitnessVolt will continue to update as more developments occur.