Prince Harry Announces 2020 Invictus Games Canceled invictus games prince harry

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex has announced today that the 2020 Invictus Games which was to be held next month has been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 35-year-old royal usually hosts the Invictus Games sporting event since it was launched in 2014 – every year, but has been forced to axe this year’s games due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Organizers said the competition founded by Prince Harry – due to take place at The Hague this year – was likely to be rescheduled to May or June 2021.

Harry posted a video message on Twitter: ‘I’m really sorry we couldn’t make this happen. This was an incredibly difficult decision for all of us to have to make.’ The 35-year-old added that it was the ‘most sensible and the safest option for all of you, for your families and everybody else involved in these games. I know how disappointed you all must be, this is a focus that so many of you need, I would encourage you to maintain that focus as best you can.’

The Invictus Games is just one of many events impacted by COVID-19 – which has already claimed almost 10,000 lives worldwide – with the likes of Coachella, Glastonbury, and Cannes Film Festival all postponing or cancelling their plans for 2020.

The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and personifies what these tenacious men and women can achieve post injury. The Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.

The Invictus Games are more than just sport. They capture hearts, challenge minds and change lives.

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