HRH Prince Harry of Wales, the new Duke of Sussex, has announced that the fifth series of the Invictus Games will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands in May 2020. The newlywed British prince was inspired to create the games as an international multi-sport event for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans. He did so because he saw first-hand how the power of sport can physically, psychologically and socially help those suffering from injuries and illness, while on a trip to the Warrior Games in the US in 2013.
“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,” Prince Harry says. “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 will bring together over 500 competitors from 19 nations to compete in a series of adaptive sports. Events will be held across the city over the course of a week, with further details to be announced later this year. Last year, the prince went public for the first time on his relationship with his wife, Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, when the games were held in Toronto. The fourth series of the games will be held in Sydney from 20 to 27 October, and the Duke and Duchess are also expected to attend.
For further information on the Invictus Games, please visit its website here.