The Invictus GamesAn annual sporting event for injured or sick armed forces personnel is the Invictus Games. Founded by HRH Prince Harry of Great Britain, the games are designed to aid its participants in recovery and rehabilitation and recognise their sacrifice. The event was inspired by the similar Warrior Games held in the USA. It was first held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, in 2014, with other venues also playing a role. A total of 14 nations were invited to the inaugural games.

Opened with great ceremony, the 2014 Invictus Games was attended by, naturally, Prince Harry, as well as David Cameron, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Frederik, the Crown Prince of Denmark. It was spread over 4 days, starting on September 10th 2014 and ending with a closing ceremony on September 14th. Some big stars performed at the closing, including Bryan Adams, Foo Fighters, and Ellie Goulding.

This multi-sport event was not held in 2015, since the next host city, Orlando, needed time to prepare.

Invictus Disciplines

Various sports are included in the Invictus Games, such as archery, driving, indoor rowing, Paralympic athletics (track and field), Paralympic swimming, powerlifting, road cycling and para-cycling, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.

The Second Invictus Games

The second Invictus Games was held between May 8th to May 12th in 2016. It was hosted by the 220-acre ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex within the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, United States. An organising body called Military Adaptive Sports Inc (MASI) was created to ensure the continued success of the Invictus Games in America.

In the 2016 Invictus Games, 15 countries were invited to participate, which added Jordan to the 14 nations of the first games (Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States). The famous actor, Morgan Freeman, narrated the opening ceremony.

Up Next

Toronto, Canada is host of the 2017 Invictus Games, and in 2018 it’ll be the turn of Sydney, Australia to stage this fabulous event.