SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 26: Marc van de Kuilen of the Netherland shoots a basket during the Wheelchair Basketball Pool B match between Australia and the Netherlands on day seven of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 at the QUAY Centre Sydney Olympic Park on October 26, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation)

Over the course of 2019, the teams for the Invictus Games The Hague will be announced. Currently, each participating country is preparing and selecting their team. We expect to welcome 500 participants from 19 countries. The participating countries are: Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States.

The Invictus Games are not about winning medals. The Invictus Games primarily focus on showing the strength of the wounded, injured or sick Servicemen and women by discovering his or her potential, mental strength, ability to recover and should act as an example for everyone who is struck by fate.

This important focus on social impact is what drives us. Participating nations in the Invictus Games have important common values and merits. Their service personnel were asked to answer the call of duty to bring freedom and the conditions for democracy to the world, knowing as they did so of the risk of long-lasting injuries, or illnesses.

These brave men and women are the heart and soul of the Invictus Games, every humble effort we take is focused on their rehabilitation, recovery and happiness. It’s all about their competitor experience.

The participants all have their own story of physical and/or psychological injury or illness. But all of them have found the inner strength to go on and reinvent themselves. Sometimes alone, often with the help of family and friends, but always through the power of sport. The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 is the platform to share their stories and add another chapter to their book of life.