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All you need to know about Prince Harry’s history with Invictus Games

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 30, 2023. 09:42 pm UPDATED: Aug 30, 2023. 09:42 pm

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One significant event coming up is the Invictus Games’ upcoming return. This multi-sport international event has a rich history, in part because of Prince Harry’s significant involvement and the location of the upcoming edition.

The Invictus Games serve as a testament to resiliency by using competitive adaptive sports to aid in the healing of service members, veterans, and those who have been injured or ill all over the world. The Games, which last for about a week and feature nine core sports as well as the possibility of additional activities, including esports, cater to about 550 competitors. These Games feature a variety of sporting competitions, including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair rugby, and indoor rowing.

21 countries, including Israel, Colombia, and Nigeria, are preparing to compete in the tournament as 2023 approaches. Rita Ora’s appearance at the closing ceremony, which will add a musical note to the competitive fervor, will be a standout feature of this edition.

The Invictus Games got their start thanks to Prince Harry, who was inspired to start this platform after attending the US Warrior Games in 2013. “I have seen first-hand how the power of sport can positively impact the lives of wounded, injured, and ill Servicemen and women in their journey of recovery,” Prince Harry stated. I think it can have a long-lasting effect on the wellbeing of those who have bravely served their countries, and I’m very proud that we are bringing this event to the UK for the first time.

The events of the Invictus Games 2023 in Düsseldorf, Germany, will go down in history. On Saturday, September 9, the event is supposed to start, with an exciting opening ceremony at the Merkur Spiel-Arena. Sports fans can expect exhilarating action the following week, with the championship game scheduled for Saturday, September 16. Around 500 competitors from 21 countries, along with their families and friends, will be arriving in Düsseldorf and the German Armed Forces to compete in ten disciplines.

The sixth edition of the event, which follows the legacies of London 2014, Orlando 2016, Toronto 2017, Sydney 2018, and the Netherlands 2022, adds to its significance.

Read more: Who was the Invictus Games’ first ambassador?

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