CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown Cancelled
Yesterday, Robbin Stalma, event director of the CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown, took to social media to announce that the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 finals had been made. All qualified athletes and teams have received emails informing them of this decision and any payments made towards accepting qualifying places will be refunded.
This comes less than three weeks after the initial announcement that the finals would be postponed amid the latest measures taken by the Dutch government surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. The competition was originally due to take place on 28-31st of May 2020.
KRATOS Athletes Mike Catris, Charlotte Spence and Maddy Harris were all due to take the competition floor in the Netherlands for The Athlete Program. Having secured 3 podium spots from 3 events this season so far, the team were looking to cement a place at The Games, but it looks as though these opportunities may be running out.
In his email to the would-be participants Stalma said:
“We all hoped that the situation would improve, but these are still very uncertain times and we feel that it is not responsible to organize an event during a crisis like this. Therefore, we had to make an extremely difficult decision. It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the decision to cancel the 2020 final event of the CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown. Our priority is the health and safety of all people involved. We want an event where everybody feels safe without hesitation. Taking this into account and the current measures in place, we would be unable to guarantee the expected quality of the event. The cancellation of this year’s final event means that the CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown 2020 will consist of the qualifiers only.
We understand that the cancellation of this year’s final is not what everybody was hoping for, but we believe that this is the best decision we could make. Athletes who've made a payment for their final spot (Open invites) will get a refund next week. It can take up to 10 workdays to get the money back to your account. Take care of yourself and each other, don’t forget to support your local box and your community. Thanks for your support, we hope to welcome you back in 2021.”
The CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown is not the first Sanctional to announce it will not be taking part this season. The CrossFit French Throwdown was the first Sanctional to do so on the 29th of March. It was initially due to take place on the 26-28th of June 2020.
The Rogue Invitational announced late last month that it would be moving its competition to an online format, thus passing up the opportunity to send the winners to this years CrossFit Games.
At this point, there remain only two Sanctionals this season that have yet to announce a postponement or new date — the Asbury Park Summer Games (June 20-21, Asbury Park, NJ) and the Mayan CrossFit Classic (July 3-5, Riviera Maya, Mexico).
This obviously leaves the CrossFit Games Sanctional season a little bit shorter than initially intended with now at least two events completely cancelled for 2020 and another moving online. Will this be the last event we see take this route this year?
There is currently a lot of speculation surrounding The Games itself, will it go ahead as planned? Will it take place behind closed doors? Will it revert to an online format? If The CrossFit Games 2020 are to be cancelled, what will happen to those that qualified this year? Only time will tell.