Invictus GamesDate: 20 April 2022 Tags: Sports
Prince Harry attended the opening of the 2022 edition of the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands.
Harry also paid tribute to the participants of the games from Ukraine for standing up against invading Russians.
The first edition of the Games was held in London in 2014. The next editions were held in Orlando, US (2016), Toronto, Canada (2017), and Sydney, Australia (2018).
The games are similar to Paralympics but meant exclusively for wounded, injured, and sick military service personnel and war veterans.
The idea of the games was inspired from the British poet William Ernest Henley’s 1875 poem ‘Invictus’.
The games were started for using power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.
These games were brainchild of Prince Harry, who was inspired from Warrior Games in the United States in 2013, and wanted to start something similar in London.
The Invictus Games Foundation is the owner of the brand and the selector of future host cities. It was set up after the inaugural event in London in 2014.
It is involved in managing the competition, setting the rules and categorisations, and branding it.
The latest edition
The games going on in The Hague were supposed to start in 2020 but were postponed due to the pandemic.
More than 500 participants from 20 countries are involved in the games. They compete in various categories.
Participant countries include Ukraine, Canada, Georgia, Romania, the United Kingdom, the US, Poland, and Denmark etc.
Athletics, archery, cycling, indoor rowing, power-lifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby are some of the game categories.
They are organised by the US Department of Defense to “celebrate the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veteran US military service members”.