Duke of Sussex announces location of 2022 Invictus Games
Harry made the announcement amid a tumultuous week for the royal family.
The Duke of Sussex has announced that the German city of Dusseldorf will be the host for the Invictus Games in 2022.
Harry, who created the event for wounded armed forces personnel and veterans, said he hoped Germany was ready for an “incredible” week of sport.
His announcement on Wednesday comes amid a tumultuous week for the royal family and just days after he was involved in crisis talks with the Queen at Sandringham over his and his wife’s future roles.
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Here we come Düsseldorf ����! The new home for the 2022 and sixth Invictus Games. Having previously been held in London, Orlando, Toronto, Sydney, and upcoming The Hague this year in May - Düsseldorf will welcome over 500 competitors as they showcase their talents, determination and camaraderie to the world! The #InvictusGames is an international adaptive multi-sport event, created by The Duke of Sussex, in which wounded, injured or sick (WIS) armed services personnel and veterans show the world what they’re capable of in a series of adaptive sports, ranging from wheelchair basketball to indoor rowing. The Duke, having spent 10 years serving in the Armed Forces, set up the @WeAreInvictusGames to celebrate the power of sport rehabilitation (both physically and mentally) and to generate a wider appreciation for those who served their country beyond their time in uniform. Participating in the Games plays a significant part in the recovery journey of WIS Servicemen and women. It doesn’t just heal the individual, it heals the whole family. • “I hope everyone in Germany is ready for what will be an incredible week of sport! I have no doubt that the German public will get right behind these Games and that every single competitor can expect a warm welcome and an amazing atmosphere.” – The Duke of Sussex For more information of the announcement, visit https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/ig2022-announcement/ Video © @WeAreInvictusGames
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In a statement, Harry said: “I am honoured that Germany will take the Invictus story further, with the sixth Invictus Games heading to Dusseldorf in 2022.
“Germany has been a key part of the Invictus Games family since the very start in 2014 and I know that they will be exemplary hosts in picking up the mantle and showcasing what sport continues to do for these inspirational men and women in their recovery.
“I hope everyone in Germany is ready for what will be an incredible week of sport!
“I have no doubt that the German public will get right behind these games and that every single competitor can expect a warm welcome and an amazing atmosphere.”
The event – which was first held in 2014 – sees wounded, injured or sick armed forces personnel take part in various adaptive sports, ranging from wheelchair basketball to indoor rowing.
Harry said the 2022 games will bring together more than 500 competitors from 20 nations, with events held across the city in west Germany over the course of a week.
I have no doubt that the German public will get right behind these games and that every single competitor can expect a warm welcome and an amazing atmosphere Duke of Sussex
Thomas Geisel, mayor of Dusseldorf, said: “The state capital is looking forward to competitors from all over the world, and with its enthusiastic audience and expertise in organising major sporting events, will make the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2022 in the Arena Sportspark an outstanding event – with lots of heart and emotion.”
Following a summit at Sandringham on Monday, Buckingham Palace confirmed Harry and Meghan would begin a “transition period” in which they would split their time between the UK and Canada as they step back as frontline royals and become financially independent.
The summit convened by the monarch brought together Harry, William and the Prince of Wales.
Harry also said the upcoming Invictus Games at The Hague in May this year will include two new nations – Belgium and the Republic of Korea.