New dates for postponed Invictus Games 2020
New dates for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, which was postponed twice because of the coronavirus pandemic, have now been announced as April 16 to 22 2022.
FILE PHOTO: Competitors and staff of the Australian 2020 Invictus Games team at Torrens parade grounds, Adelaide. Photo by Leading Seaman Jayson Tufrey.
The new dates has been decided by the Invictus Games Foundation and the Dutch organising committee, in consultation with the municipality of The Hague, the participating nations and partners.
The fifth Invictus Games will still be referred to as the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, and will host more than 500 participants from 20 countries in 10 adaptive sports events.
Team Captain for the Dutch Team Wouter Bakker said he looked forward to experiencing the games in 2022 as they were meant to be – with friends and family and with the support of the public from the stands.
“Until then, we will continue to do our best to be fit and prepared, we will keep moving and keep the spirit of the Invictus Games,” Bakker said.
“We look forward to seeing all participants and spectators in good health in The Hague in April 2022.”
Chairman of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 Mart de Kruif said his committee still strove to deliver a safe, surprising and impactful games.
“It looks like this should be possible in 2022, and we look forward to hosting them,” he said.
“It was of course a big disappointment that the Invictus Games could not take place, but also understandable in the current situation.
“All the hard work and efforts of the organisation and our partners are very valuable and form a good basis for an even more beautiful event in 2022.
“As an organisation we also want to show our own resilience and the Invictus Spirit.
“Now that we have a date to focus on, we and the competitors can set new goals and our Invictus family will show its strength to the world in 2022.”