INVICTUS GAMES THE HAGUE 2020   09-16 MAY 2020   THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS

Team Ukraine 2020 announced!

The new Ukrainian squad was announced on October 17 in Kyiv during an open press conference by the members of this year's selection committee. Recorded stream of the conference is available at Ukrinform's YouTube page.

The 2020 Team Ukraine consists of 20 service members and veterans who will compete in the upcoming Invictus Games The Hague 2020 next May. The full list of newly selected Team Ukraine competitors is available in the Team Ukraine 2020 section of this site.

This year, the team was selected by a specially formed committee presided over by the Minister of veterans affairs, temporary occupied territories and internally displaced persons. and made up of the representatives of the Ukrainian Veterans Affairs Ministry, veteran organizations, volunteer formations, and civil society. Selection process was based on the updated criteria provided to Ukraine by the Invictus Games Foundation. Decision on every team member was made following an unanimous vote by the Selection Committee.

Media Alert: Team Ukraine to be announced on October 17

The team of 20 Ukrainian servicemembers and veterans that will compete at the upcoming Invictus Games The Hague 2020 will be announced by the Selection Committee during an open press conference in Kyiv.

Full text of this nedia alert is only available in Ukrainian. For the original version, please follow the link. For media inquiries, please contact Oksana Pashkevych at o.pashkevych@stratcomua.org

Most Attended and Friendliest Ever: Team Ukraine National Trials in Kyiv

On September 14, Kyiv hosted its third National Trials as part of selection process for Invictus Games The Hague 2020 Team Ukraine. This year, the competition adopted a new format with medals awarded to all of the participants. However, the change didn’t dim the competitive spirit of Ukrainian veterans and service members taking part in the event.

The Pioneer Stadium in Kyiv was the main venue for this year’s National Trials, with the exception of swimming, which took place in the swimming pool in the Central Sports Complex of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The stadium hosted competitions in all of the remaining disciplines, as well as special sports and entertainment areas for visitors. The organisers were lucky to arrange the closure of Tupoleva Street, on which the stadium is located, for road cycling, and therefore the participants of the race did not have to go travel another location like last year.

The official opening of the competition was held by the President of Ukraine. During his speech to guests and participants, Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced a new draft law on the status of combatants, which will be prepared by the Ministry of Veterans in the near future and be given priority by the President.

The sports part of the Trials started before the official opening with archers having been the first to compete. They were the only ones who had to deal with bad weather. Saturday morning greeted the guests and participants with cool wind and rain, but within an hour, those were replaced by warmth and later by the sun.

This year, 218 Ukrainian veterans and service members competed at National Trials, more than in all previous years. Along with the number of participants, the amount of sports was also increased with an addition of wheelchair racing and hand cycling to the usual competition programme consisting of athletics, long jump, shot put, indoor rowing, road cycling, powerlifting, swimming and archery.

Sitting volleyball, although not one of the sports that Team Ukraine has competed in previously, became one of the most popular venues for friends and family. After opening at 15:00, the games on the field hadn’t stopped for a second, and in 16:00 it hosted a friendly match between Ukrainian veterans and international service members with the Operation UNIFIER.

The competition continued all day long. Apart from the sporting competition, Pioneer Stadium had a large recreational area arranged for the guests with music, food court, children’s playground, a supervised CrossFit box with instructors and number of other entertainment facilities. In addition, especially trained therapy dogs worked in the stadium with all participants of the event able to enjoy their company.

At 18:00, everyone attending the event gathered again on the main stage for a large awards ceremony opened by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk. Since the new selection criteria for Team Ukraine reduced the weight of sports results and focused on the rehabilitation effects of the Games, the medals were awarded to all of the participants celebrating their Invictus Spirit and victory over their injuries.

This year’s selection committee for Team Ukraine will be working till October 16, and the team will be announced on October 17.

After the official closing of the competition, a friendly party with traditional pizzas by Pizza Veterano and a live performance by the Taruta band awaited competitors, their friends and family.

Relive the best moments of the competition through the photos and videos on our Facebook page.

We thank all participants, their friends and families together with our guests and event partners for an incredibly friendly celebration of sports and will to live. Together, we are all Invictus!

Selection Committee for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020

This year, Team Ukraine will be selected by a newly formed Selection Committee unveiled during the 2019 National Trials in Kyiv. The Committee will be led by the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine and consists of 11 members.

Team Ukraine 2020 Selection Committee

Oksana Kolyada — Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine (Chairwoman)

Valeriy Zaluzhny — First Deputy Chief of the Joint Operational Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (Deputy Chairman)

Vadim Troyan — Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Andriy Kikh — Head of the All-Ukrainian Military Medical Clinical Center of Professional Pathology for the Personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Iryna Turchak — Deputy of the founder of the International Charity Foundation "Come Back Alive" (Secretary)

Anastasia Ryma — Co-founder of the "Volunteers" NGO 

Oleksandr Holopotelyuk — Representative of Odessa Region in the Veterans Council at the Ministry of Veterans Affairs

Yevgeny Datsenko — Representative of the Public Council at the Ministry of Veterans Affairs

Taras Shpuk — Representative of Ivano-Frankivsk Region in the Veterans Council at the Ministry of Veterans Affairs

Olga Semenova — Psychologist of the International Charity Foundation "Come back alive"

Serhiy Konyushok — President of the Strongman Federation of Ukraine

Sessions of the Selection Committee will take place from September 16 to October 16 with Team Ukraine 2020 to be announced on October 17, 2020.

Competition Results for the 2019 Team Ukraine National Trials

Results for competitions in athletics, swimming, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling and archery are already available for download (.pdf)

Media Alert: Team Ukraine National Trials will take place on September 14 in Kyiv

This Saturday, September 14, Kyiv's Pioneer Stadium will host the Team Ukraine National Trials, the final stage of Team Ukraine selection for the international Invictus Games The Hague 2020.

Participating in this year's National Trials will be over 200 ill, wounded or injured Ukrainian veterans and active servicemembers, making them the largestsuch event to date. Despite its sporting nature, National Trials are essentially a social event for Ukrainian servicemembers and veterans, as well as their friends and families, offering them an opportunity to join a like-minded community sharing the same background and experience.

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Who takes part in the National Trials (Infographics)

On September 14, Kyiv will host the Team Ukraine National Trial that will decide the composition of Ukraine's squad for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020. In the run-up to the event, Strategic Communications Centre StratCom Ukraine, founder of the Invictus Games project in Ukraine and co-organizer of this year's selection, created an infographic offering an insight into the 2020 Team Ukraine selection process.

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Online Tribune by Invictus Games Ukraine offers an opportunity to cheer up the competitors even if you can't make it to the stadium

On September 14, Kyiv will host the 2019 Team Ukraine National Trials, and there's no better way of supporting our competitors then attending the event and cheering them up. However, this might not work for those living outside of Kyiv. But don't worry, we've got you covered! Today, we are lauching an online flashmob that will help you support the competitors even if you will be thousands of miles away during the event.

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Team Ukraine National Trials scheduled for September 14

Invictus Games Organizing Committee in Ukraine is happy to announce that it has set the final date and venue for this's years Team Ukraine National Trials: the event will take place on September 14 in Kyiv's Pioneer Stadium. This is a week later then a previously announ—Āed date which had to be moved due to technical difficulties.

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Kyiv to host the largest sports testing in the three years of Invictus Games in Ukraine

This Saturday, 27 July, Ukraine's capital will host the final stage of a nationwide sports testing as part of Team Ukraine selection for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020. More than 150 wounded, injured and ill servicemembers and veterans will take part in the upcoming event — the biggest turnout in the three years Ukraine have participated in the Invictus Games.

Sports testing is the first live event for Team Ukraine candidates after online registration. During the event, they can try out different sports from the ones Team Ukraine will be competing in, and choose one or several they feel most comfortable in considering their previous experience or physical limitations. In the process, all participants are assisted by a team of qualified coaches and medics.

In 2019, Invictus Games Organising Committee in Ukraine had updated its selction criteria following recommendations by the Invictus Games Foundation. This year, the Committee will mostly be looking at how participation in the Invictus Games may contribute to participants' rehabilitation, as well at their motivation and discipline. Throughout the selction process, participants will undergo several stages of inteviews with the representatives of the Committee — both buring the sports testings and the National Trials.

Joining this years' candidates during the sports testings will be Team Ukraine members of the previous years, who will act as assistant coaches and mentors for prospective team members All attendees of sports testings in Kyiv, Lviv, and Odesa, will be invited to take part in the National Team Ukraine Trials in Kyiv on 14 September — the final stage of selction that will decide the composition of Ukraine's 2020 squad.