The CrossFit Games has cut the field of athletes who will attend this year’s competition, down from several hundred to just 30 men and 30 women.

The national champions, age group competitors and teams have all been uninvited to the competition, which will be behind closed doors in Aromas, California, from July 29 to August 2.

“Due to current limitations on social gatherings, and professional sport in particular, the field of athletes in attendance will be reduced,” the CrossFit Games posted on Instagram.

“Since the inception of the CrossFit Open, the top 20 athletes on the Open leaderboard have always included the future CrossFit Games champion among their ranks, and the Open winner has gone on to become the Games winner eight times. The top 20 men and 20 women worldwide will receive invites to Aromas,” the post said.

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On April 16, we announced that we are reviewing all options to host the CrossFit Games in Aromas while monitoring events globally. That effort is ongoing. Due to current limitations on social gatherings, and professional sport in particular, the field of athletes in attendance will be reduced. The Open Since the inception of the CrossFit Open, the top 20 athletes on the Open leaderboard have always included the future CrossFit Games champion among their ranks, and the Open winner has gone on to become the Games winner eight times. The top 20 men and 20 women worldwide will receive invites to Aromas. If an athlete declines their invite, the invite passes to the next athlete. Sanctionals The ten Sanctionals that were able to host in-person competitions this season will be invited to send their champions to this year’s CrossFit Games. Sanctionals invites are affected by placement in the Open. If a Sanctionals champion has already qualified through the Open, the invite passes to the next athlete. This process will hold true for this reduced field. For this reason, some invites that were extended before the government lockdowns may pass back to the original invitee. Beginning today, all previously invited individuals will be contacted with an update on the status of their invite. There will not be a team competition at the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games. National Champions Last year, CrossFit Headquarters expanded the field of athletes in attendance at the Games to include the fittest athlete in every eligible country. In light of current constraints, it will not be possible to host the previously invited 239 national champions in Aromas. The national champion race will reset in 2021 with invites extended to champions who earn top placement in the upcoming CrossFit Open. 2021 Season The changes above have been made in consideration of the current challenges globally. The CrossFit Games will reset for the 2021 season with the intent of returning to crowning national champions and including teams, age group athletes, and a deep field of individuals competing for the title of Fittest on Earth in Madison, Wisconsin. #CrossFitGames @crossfitranch

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“For this reason, some invites that were extended before the government lock downs may pass back to the original invitee. Beginning today, all previously invited individuals will be contacted with an update on the status of their invite,” the post read.

Last year, the CrossFit Games extended invites to hundreds of national champions, the winners of the Open in their respective countries. It expanded the field and showcased the global reach of the sport, but several of the national champions were not up to Games standard and did not complete the first workout.

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“In light of current constraints, it will not be possible to host the previously invited 239 national champions in Aromas,” the Instagram post read. “The national champion race will reset in 2021 with invites extended to champions who earn top placement in the upcoming CrossFit Open.”

The post concluded by intends to return to normal, with national champions, teams, age group athletes and a full field at Madison, Wisconsin, in 2021.

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