The Australian city of Sydney has been selected to host the 2018 edition of the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event for wounded servicemen and women.
The 2018 Games, which will be the fourth edition of the event, will take place from October 18-29.
Over 500 competitors from 17 nations will compete in 11 adaptive sports during the Games, which will be held across Greater Sydney. Some events will be staged at Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour.
The UK’s Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, made the announcement. “We had three key criteria,” Prince Harry said. “First, it had to be an iconic city – somewhere known the world over. Second, it needed to be a city with a proud military heritage, which would welcome competitors from all over the world with open arms.
“And finally, we wanted to go somewhere where they are absolutely sports mad and would really get behind our competitors. It was an easy decision really – the 2018 Invictus Games are coming to Sydney.”
The Australian state of Queensland had also been in the running to host the event but ultimately lost out to Sydney. Queensland had planned on staging the event using venues that are currently being developed for the Gold Coast region's staging of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London, England in 2014. Orlando in the US staged this year’s event in May, while Toronto in Canada is due to host the 2017 edition from September 23-30.