Iceland’s Sara Sigmundsdottir, who has won the CrossFit Open in the past two seasons, has joined the growing chorus of athletes, sponsors and affiliates who are calling out the sport’s founder Greg Glassman specifically.

Glassman, who is also the chief executive officer, tweeted “FLOYD-19” in response to a Twitter post by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) which featured a picture that stated “Racism is a public health issue” on Sunday.

Glassman followed up his tweet with another: “Your failed model quarantined us and now you’re going to model a solution to racism? George Floyd’s brutal murder sparked riots nationally. Quarantine alone is ‘accompanied in every age and under all political regimes by an undercurrent of suspicion, distrust, and riots.’ Thanks!”

Sigmundsdottir, who has 1.8 million followers on Instagram, posted a statement that first talks about equality and features the definition of the word as the second photo, also outlining why she took so long to weigh in on CrossFit’s massive controversy surrounding its CEO.

Sigmundsdottir has joined a growing list of people decrying Greg Glassman’s tweet. Photo: Dubai CrossFit Championship

“Equality is, has and always will be my biggest value, therefore I have been struggling to put into words what is going through my mind after what just happened this weekend.”

Sigmundsdottir, who is widely viewed as one of the faces of the sport, finished third twice at the CrossFit Games and fourth once. She has sponsorship deals with Nike and Rogue Fitness. She is seen as one of the biggest challengers to three-time defending champion Tia-Clair Toomey this summer at the scaled down CrossFit Games, which are now in serious jeopardy as a number of invitees have said they will not compete unless CrossFit changes its leadership structure.

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She sought to separate the CrossFit community from Glassman, who has been heavily criticised for his tweets and recent conduct.

“When you walk into a CrossFit gym it does not matter what gender you are, what the colour of your skin is, what your background is or how athletic you are. Everybody is accepted and respected and that is exactly what I have always stood for and will always stand for,” she said.

Sigmundsdottir then took aim at Glassman specifically: “Fortunately our community is MUCH stronger than the words of one man. His words do not represent us and you can be sure that I will stand up for what is right with our community. ⁣”

A number of the sport’s stars, including Rich Froning, Mat Fraser, Toomey, Patrick Vellner, Katrin Davidsdottir, Chandler Smith and Noah Ohlsen, have already spoken out in various ways, most of them directly calling for change within CrossFit headquarters’ leadership structure.

Reebok has said it will not renew its contract with CrossFit after the 2020 Games and Rogue, a workout equipment company, has stated it will no longer be working with the branded fitness regime.

Armen Hammer, a journalist who covers CrossFit, has compiled a list of gyms which have since ended their affiliate with CrossFit due to Glassman’s tweets, and the list has more than 110 names on it.

Glassman offered an apology through CrossFit’s official Twitter account, but since then has not offered a further statement.