PRINCE HARRY’S leading sports foundation the Invictus Games have had to delay the 2022 event, which was due to take place in Düsseldorf.
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.”
Prince Harry has announced the Invictus Games due to be held in Düsseldorf 2022 have been postponed (Image: Getty)
Prince Harry attends the launch of Team UK for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 last October (Image: Getty)
A further statement said the decision had been reached by the German Organising Committee.
The statement read: “In close coordination with the Invictus Games Foundation, the German Organising Committee have decided to reschedule the event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, to accommodate the rescheduled Invictus Games The Hague which will now take place in 2021.
“It will thus be possible to maintain the two-year Invictus Games cycle and give the competitors and their friends and families the time they need for practice and preparation between the two events.”
In May Prince Harry recorded a special video message to mark what would have been the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games 2020.
The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 had to be postponed due to the coronavirus crisis (Image: Getty)
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.”
British line to the throne (Image: Express)
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.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK