With a little over three weeks until the start of the 2023 CrossFit Open, CrossFit has announced another athlete to receive a competition region exemption this year. Luke Tweddell received the exemption and will now compete out of the Asia region in 2023.
Tweddell, a two-time Quarterfinal athlete out of Europe, is currently a coach at Chalk Training Ground in Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tweddell finished 370th in the 2021 Europe Quarterfinals and improved to 256th in 2022. He also competed in two Sanctionals events in 2019, the Down Under CrossFit Championship and Asia CrossFit Championship, where he placed 66th and 31st, respectively.
Tweddell is the fifth athlete to receive a competition region exemption for the 2023 season. He joins Roman Khrennikov, Antonio Barrias, Conor McEleny and Carlos Albaladejo who have already been granted approval for their exemption requests.
While we know of the five athletes who have been granted exemptions, CrossFit has not provided any additional information regarding the number of athletes who have applied for an exemption or how many have had their request denied. We have asked CrossFit for this information, but have yet to receive a response.
If you or someone you know has been denied an exemption request, we would like to hear your story. Please reach out to us at [email protected]