Yesterday the director of the CrossFit Games Dave Castro publicly called out OPEX fitness via his Instagram account for “cheating” on the CrossFit Open workout 16.1 by using smaller diameter metal plates on the barbell, which shortens the height that athletes had to jump over the bar on their bar facing burpees. HQ now says this modification of the workout will cost athletes a 15% penalty on their score.
However, today OPEX posted a response where they claim they asked for permission from CrossFit HQ before doing the workout this way, and HQ gave them the green light.
Some athletes from Team OPEX in the Southwest Region used metal plates, which shortens the height on the bar-facing burpees. From the CrossFit Games Rulebook “Any movement deemed uncommon, out of the ordinary or used to amend, shorten or change the accepted movement standard or range of motion including line of action of any event movement can and will be disallowed. It is the responsibility of the athlete to notify their judge or CrossFit Inc. of any questionable movement before the workout.” In this case it means a Major Penalty and losing 15% of your reps for the workout. Those who we find evidence of cheating 16.1 in this way, will get the same penalty. @crossfitgames #crossfitgames
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