The Dutch city of The Hague has been awarded hosting rights to the fifth edition of multi-sport event the Invictus Games.
Taking place in May 2020, The Hague’s Invictus Games will follow this year’s edition of the event, which is set to take place in Sydney, Australia from October 20-27.
The Hague was selected following a competitive international tender process, with Invictus Games Foundation chairman, Sir Keith Mills, noting that, in particular “the bid exemplified the Invictus spirit.”
Mills added: “Post-War, The Hague has undergone its own process of rebuilding and rehabilitation, a theme many of those competing can intimately relate to. A city transformed, The Hague inspired a nation. So too, we believe the 2020 Invictus Games will act as an inspiration to competitors and those attending or watching at home.”
Following consultation with stakeholders, including the participating nations, the Invictus Games Foundation said it plans to extend the period between Games to two years. This will happen over the next two Games cycles following the completion of this year’s event in Sydney.
Dominic Reid, chief executive of the Invictus Games Foundation, said: “Ensuring that the beacon created by the Invictus Games remains lit for future generations of serving personnel and veterans is the Foundation’s priority. In moving to a biennial Games, the Invictus Games Foundation will use the intervening years to develop knowledge transfer and the sharing of best practice to allow the Invictus Spirit to flourish amongst all participating nations.”
Invictus Games The Hague 2020 chairman, Lt Gen (ret) Mart de Kruif, added: “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.”
The 2020 Games will bring together over 500 competitors from 19 nations to compete in a series of adaptive sports over a one-week period.