HRH The Duke of Sussex, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, announced earlier this morning that the fifth Invictus Games – to be held in May 2020 – will be hosted in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country.
The inaugural Invictus Games was held in London in September 2014. The Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, and the organising committee of the London 2014 Games always hoped that this event would be the beginning of the ‘Invictus’ story and that other cities and countries around the world would take up the challenge. Since then, the Invictus Games have been held in Orlando, USA in 2016 and Toronto, Canada in 2017. The fourth iteration of the Invictus Games is taking place in Sydney, Australia this October from the 20th-27th.
Invictus Games Foundation Patron, HRH The Duke of Sussex said:
“I am delighted to announce that The Hague is taking up the challenge of hosting the fifth Invictus Games in 2020. The city will soon become the motivation for hundreds of servicemen and women using the Invictus Games to inspire their recovery from physical and mental injuries. The Netherlands has supported the Games from the very beginning, and I know that everyone there will fully get behind and support the soldiers and veterans who have served their countries so bravely. We have already seen in London, Orlando, and Toronto just how exciting hosting the Invictus Games can be, and I know this will be an incredible experience for everyone in the Hague as they embrace the Invictus spirit in 2020.”
The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 Chairman, Lt Gen (ret) Mart de Kruif said:
“We are very honoured that the Invictus Games is coming to The Hague. 2020 is an important milestone for The Netherlands, marking 75 years since liberation. The Invictus Games provides the perfect opportunity for us to link the past to the present by paying a tribute to wounded, injured and sick service personnel who served, and are serving, the military. These role models have shown that the strength of the human spirit is unbeatable.”
Conny Wenting, CEO Invictus Games 2020 said:
“We are really excited that we were appointed to host this event in 2020, that will bring together over 500 competitors from 19 nations to compete in a series of adaptive sports. Later this year further details will be announced on dates, venues, possible partnerships and how you can support this amazing event. Let’s show the world our invincible spirit to welcome these brave men and women and honour them for sacrifices made.”
Edwin de Wolf, veteran, former team captain of the Dutch Invictus Games team and competitor in the Sydney 2018 Games said:
“The Games are a lifechanging event. I was able to gain so much strength from the pain I felt in the past but sometimes still feel today. The journey towards the Games as part of my rehabilitation process was invaluable to me and my family. I am proud the Games are coming to The Hague in 2020 and I hope I can show and share some of the enormous strength that the Games can provoke. IAM gonna make the rest of my life, the best of my life, we are INVICTUS!”