CrossFit Riviera Gets Disqualified from the CrossFit Games

Yesterday morning, CrossFit Riviera in Puidoux, Switzerland, revealed that CrossFit HQ had DQed their team after they won the Meridian Regional about a week-and-a-half prior.

CrossFit Riviera DQ’d, why?

Information is still limited. However, CrossFit HQ said more details are forthcoming, but here’s what Riviera said in an Instagram post:

To all our supporters, fans, friends and family With a heavy heart and with great disappointment, our team CrossFit Riviera was informed today, by the Director of the CrossFit Games, Justin Bergh, that our team, according to their best judgement, stands in violation of one of the points in the rule book and hence has been disqualified for the 2018 Games season. We would like to take a minute to explain the situation to all of you who cheered for us, who supported us and everyone that made us push harder than we could have ever done just by ourselves. Point 1.18 of the rulebook states that only one member of the team can be on official licensee of a CrossFit affiliate. In our case, this used to only be Mareck for CrossFit Riviera. At the beginning of the year, Cynthia filed for her own affiliate and her request was approved much quicker than anticipated. Hence the violation of rule 1.18. However, as further stated in the rule book there is an exception to the clause which we firmly believed and still believe applied to our team. As a result, our team has been disqualified for an administrative and not a performance based reason. This however does not diminish the fact that our whole team has sacrificed a lot to get to the point where we are today. We are sad and disappointed that none of our arguments were able to convince CrossFit HQ otherwise. As a team, we are only left to accept the decision of CrossFit HQ and wish all the teams competing at the 2018 Games the best of luck. We will be back, stronger, more powerful and motivated than ever. Yours truly, Mareck, Aurelie, Chris, Cynthia @crossfitgames #crossfit

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“CrossFit Riviera was informed today, by the [General Manager] of the CrossFit Games, Justin Bergh, that our team, according to their best judgement, stands in violation of one of the points in the rulebook and hence has been disqualified for the 2018 Games season.

“Point 1.18 of the rulebook states that only one member of the team can be on official licensee of a CrossFit affiliate. In our case, this used to only be Mareck for CrossFit Riviera. At the beginning of the year, Cynthia filed for her own affiliate and her request was approved much quicker than anticipated. Hence the violation of rule 1.18.”

Rule 1.18

As they mentioned, rule 1.18 states: “The Licensee of Record (LOR) for an affiliate may not compete on any team other than a team from their own affiliate…any athlete listed as an affiliate LOR at the close of the first Open workout may not compete for any team other than one from their own affiliate. Conversely, if an athlete becomes the LOR for a new affiliate after the close of the first Open workout, this athlete may remain on their current team.”

The exception to this rule states: “If an affiliate LOR operates an affiliate that has no adult members or classes and offers only CrossFit Kids programming, AND the LOR does not train at this affiliate, then the LOR may compete for another team, assuming he or she meets all team eligibility rules. This particular LOR should keep in mind that he or she cannot be the affiliate manager for these particular gyms and compete on a different team.”

As we find more information we’ll update this page.

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Laskey Hart

Editor at Glycolytic.com, CF-L1 Trainer | Since day one in the gym, Laskey has been trying to beat the laws of physics. At 6' 5", it may come as a surprise that Fran is in fact NOT his favorite workout, and burpees are NOT his favorite movement. It does, however, mean that every day is a new day to prove people who say "CrossFit isn't for tall people" -- wrong.

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