In light of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, the Board of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, along with the Invictus Games Foundation, are forced to conclude that organising the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, can no longer take place as planned from 9 to 16 May 2020.
We are now investigating all options to reschedule the Invictus Games, subject to the availability of key facilities and resources, to May or June 2021. Significant planning to scope and confirm this option is underway.
This decision was taken in consultation with the participating nations’ teams and in close coordination with local and national authorities to limit the impact of the pandemic on all parties involved in the delivery of, and particularly participation in, the Games.
The decision was also taken in recognition of the anticipated strain on medical staff and the infrastructure required in dealing with the pandemic. We did not wish to add to the complexity of the response, or increase the risk to those involved, by bringing together an international and potentially vulnerable audience.
Organisation has become impossible
All parties involved in organising and participating in the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, including the competitors and their loved ones, the volunteers, the organisers, partners, sponsors, and its suppliers, are all facing the current impact of the pandemic. As a result, the organisation of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 has become impossible.
Competitors from the 20 nations involved have been hard at work training for these Invictus Games as part of their recovery process. However, the safety and wellbeing of these wounded, injured or sick Servicemen and women, and their friends and family, is paramount.
We know that not holding the Invictus Games this May will be disappointing news to the whole Invictus Family, and to all of those involved in the planning and delivery of the Games. We are very appreciative of the continued support of those who have been and continue to be involved in the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, and we remain committed to the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.
The current situation is complex and evolving rapidly. Work is now being undertaken with the teams, partners, and suppliers with a view to delivering a successful Invictus Games in 2021. Tickets will be refunded, and ticket holders will be contacted in due course.
Further statements will be released when more details can be confirmed.
Mart de Kruif, Chairman of the Invictus Games the Hague 2020, said: “The Coronavirus and its effects are part of a global pandemic which will influence every public event in the foreseeable future. Therefore, we find ourselves in a clear situation which left us no other choice than to reschedule the Invictus Games to the year 2021. By doing this, we also bring clarity to those vulnerable competitors and their loved ones, a clarity which is so desperately needed in their journey to recovery.”
Conny Wenting, CEO of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, said: “Just 50 days before the event was due to start, we are taking the right decision in protecting everyone involved, by not raising the Invictus Games flag in The Hague in May 2020. We as a team tried our utmost to find a new date in 2021. We are still trying to find the best possible solution for next year amidst the busy landscape of other events currently trying to reschedule.
Dominic Reid, CEO of the Invictus Games Foundation, said: “We know that those training to compete and represent their countries will be disappointed, but we also know that for The Hague to deliver a safe, exciting and impactful Games, the wait until next year will be worth it. All competitors who were selected by their nations to take part in the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 will receive their medallion from the Invictus Games Foundation later this year in recognition of their resilience, their commitment to their training, and as an acknowledgment of their journey to recovery through sport.”
- Why is the Invictus Games rescheduled?
In light of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been taken that the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, can no longer take place as planned in May of this year.
- Will I get a ticket refund?
All tickets will be refunded. All ticket holders of 2020 will be able to buy tickets in the presale first. They have all received an email with more information.
- What are the desired dates to hold the Invictus Games in 2021?
At the moment we are discussing possible dates with all stakeholders. We do not wish to speculate on the outcome at this moment, but our aspiration is for May/June 2021. We had hoped to have a confirmed date at the time of announcing the decision, but we will need to bring together all stakeholders and jointly decide so that the best possible outcome is achieved.
- Will I still be a volunteer next year?
In the upcoming weeks, we will focus on formulating new plans. For example, we hope to set a new Invictus Games date and make a new volunteer program. This will take some time, but as soon as we have more information, we will contact you. If you are interested to volunteer next year, you will be the first in line. If you are willing to continue your support, you are more than welcome.
- What does this mean for the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2022?
The Invictus Games Foundation are in discussion with the organising committee of the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2022, in regards to the possible outcome of postponing the Invictus Games The Hague to 2021. More will be announced in due course.
- Are all of your partners onboard for 2021?
We are talking to all our stakeholders, partners, sponsors and suppliers whether they are willing to continue their support for 2021 and maybe even increase the budget slightly to be able to accumulate the same budget again. So far the response of our partners is heartwarming.