Wednesday, June 2, The Hague – The Invictus Games, is an international sporting event for physically and or mentally injured military personnel. The postponed fifth edition of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 will be held in Zuiderpark The Hague from April 16 to 23, 2022. At the request of the Hague’s Beweegloket, the Invictus Games organization will donate a Paralympic tandem on June 2 to councilor of sports Hilbert Bredemeijer who in turn will hand over the bike to HSK Trias.
Tandem of Paralympic level
In cooperation with the Fonds Gehandicapten Sport, a beautiful tandem racing bicycle was found. This donated racing bike was then thoroughly refurbished and restored to Paralympic level. The bike will be donated to HSK Trias the cycling association that will use this precious bike for fanatic people from The Hague with limited vision. Trias supports, organizes and arranges this service.
The Beweegloket has approached the Invictus Games The Hague for a special request from a visually impaired resident of the municipality of The Hague who wanted to go racing. The Invictus Games would like to give something back and leave something behind for The Hague and its inhabitants, the city where this unique event is so welcome.
Wethouder Sport The Hague, Hilbert Bredemeijer: “For everyone it is important to be able to practice sport, so also for someone with a disability. Sport is good for our health, but it also provides social contacts and encounters. Moreover, sport is just plain fun! That is why I think that everyone, whether you have a disability or not, should have the opportunity to practice the sport they want at their level, wherever they want. We are working hard to achieve this in The Hague. This is very important, because the corona pandemic has caused us to move less. We want to get everyone in The Hague exercising again as soon as possible, now and especially after corona, this bike is a great example of that.”
Conny Wenting, CEO of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, said, “The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 organization is working closely with The Hague to commit to making sport a natural thing for everyone with a disability. In addition to the Cruyff Court Escamp that we have realized together, we want to support the people of The Hague to be able to sport and move around in their own environment, whether they have a disability or not. We would like to leave this behind as part of the event that will take place next year from 16-22 April in the Zuiderpark in The Hague. This bicycle, made available by the Fonds Gehandicapten Sport, contributes to this as well.”
Jan Blok, chairman technical committee of HSK Trias: “We are a sporty and social club where everyone is welcome. From tourer to race cyclist and from young to old. Because of this, there was an immediate positive response to the question of who would like to ride on the front of the bike as a pilot. These people have indicated that they would like to ride a road bicycle. We are happy to work with you to make cycling accessible to people with visual impairments, isn’t it fantastic that we can make this possible for them? I think it’s very courageous of them to dare to do that, to sit on the back without being able to see properly.”
About The Invictus Games
The event is an initiative of HRH Duke of Sussex and uses the power of sport to encourage recovery, support rehabilitation and generate wider understanding and respect for those who serve or have served their country.
About The Beweegloket
The Beweegloket The Hague is the counter for people with disabilities to help them find a sport or exercise activity.
Photographer: Valerie Kuypers