Saturday 27th October 2018

Sydney hands over to The Hague

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Closing Ceremony

After a successful week full of sports and camaraderie, the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover, has come to an end. During the Closing Ceremony, the Invictus Games Flag was symbolically handed over to Marc van de Kuilen, the Dutch team captain. Upon his return to the Netherlands on 29 October, Marc will present the flag to the organising committee of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 which will take place from 9 to 16 May 2020.

With a performance by The Kingdom Choir, best known for their performance during the wedding of Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex; and featuring the traditional ‘Parade of Nations’, the Closing Ceremony heralded the end of a show-stopping Games down under. The competitors and their friends and family were entertained by a line-up of both local and international artists, including Aloe Blacc and Birds of Tokyo.

HRH the Duke of Sussex, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, talked about the secret of the Games: “The secret of these Invictus Games is not really about the amazing medical science that has saved the lives of our competitors and helped many of them to walk, swim, or move again. The secret to the success of these Games has been accepting that mental health is the real key to recovery. Our competitors have helped turn the issue of mental health from a sad story to an inspiring one. They want to live, rather than just be alive”.

The Hague 2020

Earlier this year, it was announced that the Invictus Games will now take place every two years and that the event will be held in the Netherlands in 2020. The Sportcampus Zuiderpark in The Hague will be the main hub of competition and the 9 sports will be archery, athletics, cycling, indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair rugby.

In 2020, it will be 75 years since the liberation of the Netherlands and the end of the Second World War. Therefore, the Invictus Games will form part of the commemorations of 75 years of freedom in the Netherlands and will be a fitting tribute to the veterans who fell ill or were physically or mentally injured during their service.

Flag handover

True to tradition, the end of the Closing Ceremony paid tribute to the next edition of the Games. The Invictus Games Flag, carried by Dominic Reid OBE, CEO of the Invictus Games Foundation, was handed over to Marc van de Kuilen, wheelchair basketball player and captain for the Dutch Invictus Games Sydney 2018 team. With this gesture, the Invictus Games were symbolically handed over to the Netherlands.

Gen (ret) Mart de Kruif, Chairman of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 said: “The Invictus Games 2018 in Sydney were impressive and moving. Each competitor shows that anyone can be Invictus, if he or she receives support from their families and our society. In 2020 we will continue this story in The Hague, with lots of help from everybody to not only organize a fantastic event, but also to show the strength of the Invictus spirit!”

The organising committee of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 is an independent foundation that cooperates closely with “founding partners” such as the Ministry of Defense, the vfonds, and the Municipality of The Hague.

© Photo credit: Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

Invictus Games The Hague 2020 - Invictus Games 2020 heading to The Netherlands, The Hague

Monday 4th June 2018

Invictus Games 2020 heading to The Netherlands, The Hague

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

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!”

For press enquiries on the Invictus Games 2020, please contact:

Conny Wenting at press@invictusgames2020.nl or T. +31 653738752

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