Organisers said the Düsseldorf contest had been postponed to give competitors “time to prepare” after the coronavirus crisis. Prince Harry, who is CEO of the Invictus Games Foundation, has yet to officially respond to the news.
In March the Duke announced the the games that were due to take place at The Hague this year were to be rescheduled to next year because of the pandemic.
The 2022 event will also be postponed by a year, the organisers have announced on Twitter.
Dominic Reid, CEO of The Invictus Games Foundation, said: ““Moving the Invictus Games Düsseldorf to 2023 allows the competitors and their team managers time to plan their recovering pathways following the move of The Invictus Game The Hague next year.
“It’s extremely complex to be planning not one, but two multi-national sporting events in the middle of a pandemic, and the Invictus Games Foundation is grateful to the Organising Committee in Germany for their flexibility and hard work in responding to the challenges.”
The Games were originally scheduled to take place in the Netherlands, but were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke gave a message of support and revealed that virtual events will instead be taking place.
He said: “Life has changed dramatically for all of us since I was last in The Hague, but the IG2020 team has done an incredible job to adapt so quickly to the situation and they are busy putting plans in place for next year.
“The new dates will be shared with you very soon.”
In the video message, filmed from his new LA home, Prince Harry acknowledged that times are hard for many people at the moment.
He urged people to stay in touch during the pandemic and to stay as safe as possible.
Prince Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014, to ensure that wounded servicemen and women get the respect and support they deserve.
The first Invictus Games was held in London 2014 and used the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.
Published at Sun, 05 Jul 2020 21:34:00 +0000