September 8, 2020
The Italian Government has prolonged all the Covid-19 restrictions, including the ban on sporting events.
Due to the irresponsible behavior of some people during the summer holidays, the number of infections has grown rapidly in many countries. As a result of this, despite the situation in Italy being under control, the Government has decided to extend all restrictions and safety measures currently in force and to introduce stricter travel restrictions, such as quarantine and mandatory tests for travelers from many foreign countries.
BANNED SPORTING EVENTS
At this time there is still a nationwide ban on sporting events, with the exception of those considered of interest by the Italian National Olympic Committee and Sports Federations, such as the Football and Basketball Championships, Tennis tournaments and Formula 1 Grand Prix, in which athletes are subject to strict safety measures. But even in these cases, as shown by recent events, the risk of contagion is not zero.
All the more reason a recreational fitness event, attended by hundreds of amateur competitors from all over the world, is classified as high risk even if the strictest safety protocols are enforced. Therefore, despite the exceptions provided by some Italian regions, sports and health authorities do not authorize us to run in person the final phase of the Italian Showdown during the month of September.
ONLINE FINAL PHASE
The forecasts of the experts we are working with say that the situation will not change until the end of the year, so there is no reason to postpone the decision any further. We waited until the last possible moment and explored every option but by now it is clear that it would not be responsible to insist on wanting to deliver the event live: the only way to safely finish the final phase of the Italian Showdown is to do it online.
THE FINAL PHASE OF THE ITALIAN SHOWDOWN 2020 WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE WITH THE SAME FORMAT OF THE QUALIFICATION PHASE.
- The finalists who made the cut of the qualification phase will have to perform 3 workouts in their gyms and film them.
- The window for scores and videos submission will be 3 days, from 25 to 27 September, as originally planned for the finals.
- Final workouts will be announced at least 48 hours in advance of the scores and videos submission window.
VOUCHERS AND TICKETS
As anticipated in recent days, we have worked with our partners to find a way to give back to those who have not been able to enjoy the live competition: thanks to a great economic effort from the organization, all the registrants of this year will be awarded a voucher valid for the next season. As soon as the 2021 calendar is defined, we will communicate the registration procedures.
As required by Law n.77 of 2020 (so-called “Relaunch Decree”), spectator tickets are reimbursed via vouchers to attend any event of the same organizer within 18 months: spectator tickets already purchased remain valid for the 2021 edition of the Italian Showdown. As soon as the 2021 calendar is defined, we will communicate how to use the tickets.
September 4, 2020
The results of the Qualification Phase are official! Video review is done and the scores of the qualification workouts have been updated. Please check the leaderboards to know the athletes who made the cut.
The final leaderboards of the 2020 Italian Showdown Qualification Phase are processed with the support of our technical partner Throwdowns.com and are available at the following link…
We would like to thank all the judges who spent hundreds of hours of their summertime to review the athletes’ videos and validate the scores. Obviously, a big thank you goes also to the athletes who managed to take part in the Qualification Phase despite all the hurdles of these tough times.
CONSIDERATIONS ABOUT SCORES
We were quite surprised by the large number of athletes who did not meet the prescribed standards: errors in the execution of the movements and in the shooting of the videos show that many competitors have not even read the information we have provided, nor watched the demo videos. We are sorry about this.
However, it is our duty to ensure that standards are met at every stage of the event, as described on the official website, to deliver a fair competition for athletes and for the sport. Therefore, our judges had to correct many scores, apply major penalties and, in the most serious cases, invalidate the workouts.
For maximum transparency, in the event of a reviewed or invalidated score, the athlete is informed with a notification e-mail. Judges decisions are not appealable, but athletes wishing to receive further information can send a request to: email@example.com
The athletes qualified for the Final Phase will get the invitation as soon as we have the authorization for the live event from the health and sport authorities. On September 7 the Italian Government will release a new Prime Ministerial Decree containing the latest directions about the Covid-19 safety measures: at that time we expect to know the news about the sporting events and the safety protocols for athletes and spectators.
The winners of the prizes offered by our sponsors will be announced in the next few days.
August 24, 2020
Many of you are asking us when the athlete t-shirts will be delivered and when the qualification leaderboard will be updated. Another frequently asked question is about the confirmation of the finals date. Please see all the answers below…
We expected to ship all the t-shirts before mid August but we faced some unexpected issues with our logistics partner. Furthermore, many of you asked us to program the delivery of the package after the Summer vacations. For these reasons, the shipping has been delayed.
At this time all the packages are ready to be collected by DHL, who is already processing the addresses of all the 1.500 registered athletes. As you can imagine, that’s a huge job, and it’s going to take a couple of weeks. We expect that all the packages will be delivered by mid September.
Current leaderboards are provisional. Our judges are still reviewing the videos. We expect to release the updated leaderboard by early September. Immediately after that, we will send the invitations to all the qualified athletes.
On our side everything is ready to host the event on September 25-27: we have defined specific safety protocols for athletes and staff; the venue is already set with safety equipment and social distancing measures, also for a limited number of spectators; our partner hotels are ready to accept bookings and to welcome our guests.
Unfortunately, the Italian Government has not yet removed the ban on sporting events, so we still need to wait for the official authorization of the authorities. The next Prime Ministerial Decree is expected on September 7: at that time, we will know if the live event will be allowed and if spectators will be admitted.
As soon as we have the official response from the health and sport authorities, we will promptly release all the details about the finals date, format and safety protocols. At that time, we will also give you all the information related to spectator tickets and vouchers.
During these past weeks we have been working hard with our sponsors and partners to find a sustainable solution to compensate all the athletes registered for this year’s event who haven’t been able to enjoy the live competition as originally planned. We are truly committed to it and, hopefully, we will soon give you good news.
Thanks for your patience and continuous support!
June 28, 2020
As the spread of the coronavirus is constantly decreasing in Italy, the lockdown is over across the entire country and most of the activities are returning to normal. Also, the borders are open and most of the public transport and accommodation facilities are fully operational and ready for the summer holiday season.
However, precautionary measures and restrictions are still active on specific activities. At this time, sporting events are allowed behind closed doors (without public or spectators) with a limited number of participants and very strict safety protocols: social distancing, temperature screening, sanitizing of equipment…
In consideration of this situation, we are working closely with the local and national health and sport authorities to reorganize the 2020 edition of the Italian Showdown so that it will meet all the safety regulations, in order to guarantee a safe event for athletes, spectators and for our staff.
At present, we are making preparations for every possible scenario: we hope for the best, but we prepare for the worst. And we want to share all our plans with you for maximum transparency.
NEW POTENTIAL DATES
We are still waiting for the green light from the government, but it seems most likely that the earliest possible date for the live event is September 25-27. Another option is October 30 – November 1.
It’s not clear yet which date will be confirmed by the authorities, but we have already booked the venue of the event for both dates and our partner hotels are ready too. As soon as we have a definitive answer, we will announce the final date well in advance to organize travel and accommodation and we will inform you about all the safety protocols.
We don’t know yet if it will be possible to have spectators, but one thing is clear: whatever the date, we won’t be allowed to host all the 1.500 registered competitors on site as originally planned.
For this reason it will be necessary to make some adjustments to the format of the competition.
The first elimination day – originally planned to take place live – will be be replaced by an on line qualification phase.
The new on line qualification phase will consist of 3 workouts in 2 weeks: all the workouts will be released at the same time, on July 17; all the scores and videos are due on July 31 with no exceptions.
The leaderboard of the qualification phase will be released no later than September 1: competitors passing the qualification phase will be invited to the final phase.
Invited athletes will have 72 hours to confirm: in case one or more athletes will not accept the invitation to the final phase, the empty slots will be backfilled.
On top of the invitation to the final phase, the winners of the qualification phase and the winners of each qualification workout will be rewarded.
All the registered competitors will have their athlete t-shirt delivered for free to the postal address specified in the registration form.
The final phase will take place live, ideally with 200 competitors (depending on the latest regulations). No additional registration fee will be required to access the final phase.
Money prizes will be paid to the winners of each division: Individual, Team and Age Groups.
In the unfortunate event of a second wave of Covid-19 outbreak, the final phase will take place on line. All the details about the qualification workouts and the new competition format will be soon posted on the official website along with a specific addendum to the rulebook.
CONSIDERATIONS ON REFUNDS
The mission of the Italian Showdown is and has always been to let everyone feel the experience of a live competition; for this reason, to sacrifice the live elimination phase is a big hit for all of us, but it’s the only option to run the 2020 edition.
We understand that this is far from ideal, but we are sincerely doing our best to deal with an unprecedented and exceptional situation. Many of you may legitimately ask why we don’t simply cancel the 2020 event and refund all the registered competitors. Simply, we can’t.
Behind the Italian Showdown there is a non-profit sporting organization, not a commercial company. We don’t pocket a single cent of what you pay, instead we invest all the incomes in the event itself: rent of the venue, setup of the arena, communication and promotion, money prize…
Most importantly, we are able to keep the registration fee as low as possible (only 59€ incl. taxes for the entire event – which is the lowest fee among all the Sanctionals worldwide), while delivering a professional-grade competition, which has grown to be one of the largest event in Europe.
It’s an incredibly huge effort to achieve this result by spending less than a fraction of the cost of other events! But we can do it for the good of our community, thanks to your continuous support: in fact, the registration fee is not an entry ticket, instead it’s a membership fee paid to support our organization.
For the above reasons, the registration fee is not refundable, as clearly stated in the rulebook that every competitor has expressly accepted in full during the sign up process. Nevertheless, each registrant has the opportunity to pass his slot to another person, and get the money back from the new competitor.
However, Spectators have actually paid a ticket to attend the live event. So, if the live event will be cancelled, they will have the right to ask for a refund: in that case, they will get a voucher valid for the 2021 edition, as required by the Italian law (D.L. n.18/2020 art.88 co.3 – D.L. n.34/2020 art.183 co.11).
We sincerely feel the duty to give back a moment of fun to all the people that have suffered or are still suffering the lockdown. These are tough times for all of us, and we are making every effort possible to deliver the 2020 Italian Showdown. We are counting on the support of our community.