Why It Is So important
According to the Main Directorate of Military Police at Ukraine’s Armed Forces nearly 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers have sustained various injuries since the conflict broke out in the Donbas region. Rehabilitation of Ukrainian soldiers injured while fighting in the conflict zone is one of the most urgent social challenges deserving the closest attention on the part of government, media and NGOs.
Social integration of wounded, injured and sick service members is crucial for the public attitudes towards disabled people. Disabled people have still been facing ignorance, prejudice and fears that are restricting their abilities and opportunities for successful careers, studying and self-development. This also holds true with wounded, injured and sick military veterans. The Invictus Games aim to overcome stereotypes about disabled servicemen, replacing them with a sense of pride and respect for people who did not lose their zest for life despite terrible ordeals they had been through.
The word ‘Invictus’ is Latin for ‘unconquered’ and embodies the fighting spirit of the servicemen and women who became wounded, injured or ill fulfilling their duties on the battlefield. They have been tested and challenged, but they have not been overcome. They have proven that faith in yourself and the support of family and friends is always stronger than circumstances, and have become truly Invictus warriors.
Most of us will never know the horrors of combat. Horrors so great that many servicemen and women suffer life-changing injuries, both visible and invisible, while serving their countries. How do these men and women find the motivation to move on and not be defined by their injuries? How can we challenge social perceptions about people with disabilities and tell the world about the power of support on the road to recovery? Prince Harry not only asked but answered these questions.
On a trip to the Warrior Games in the United States in 2013, Prince Harry saw the positive impact sport could have on the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women. The Invictus Games Foundation was established and in 2014 London hosted the inaugural Invictus Games, with more than 400 competitors from 13 nations.
The second Invictus Games took place in May 2016 in Orlando, Florida, and built on the excitement of the London Games with more than 500 competitors from 15 nations. The third Games in Toronto, Canada, held in the last week of September 2017, were the biggest Games to date and will be remembered in Ukraine for its Invictus debut.
This year Australia will become the fourth country to host the Invictus Games. Participants from 18 nations will head “down under” to Sydney to compete in 11 adaptive sports. Ukraine will be among them. Apply now to join the team.
The organizing committee handles strategic and organizational issues, and oversees the preparations for the national team's participation in the Invictus Games.
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