April 7, 2021 – The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 presented by Jaguar Land Rover, which has already been postponed twice due to the Coronavirus pandemic, has found a new date in the Spring of 2022, and will be held from April 16 to 22.
This news has been reported on the web-site of the Invictus Games Foundation on April 7, 2021.
The new date has been decided by the Invictus Games Foundation and the Dutch Organizing Committee, in consultation with the municipality of The Hague, the participating nations and partners.
The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans. The Games uses the power of sport to drive recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate wider understanding and respect for those who serve or have served their country. Since the inaugural Invictus Games in London in 2014, the following Invictus Games have been held in Orlando (2016), Toronto (2017) and Sydney (2018).
The fifth Invictus Games, which will still be referred to as the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, will thus now be held in The Hague from April 16-22, 2022 with more than 500 participants from 20 countries participating in ten adaptive sports events. In the plans, the safety and well-being of the participants always comes first, with a focus on their recovery.
New Interview Program by Invictus Games Team Ukraine Dedicated to Veterans Will Come Out on a Weekly basis
Invictus Games is more than just a sport competition. It started as a platform that allows veterans to overcome any struggles and obstacles on their path of recovery and adapt to a new environment, even beyond the sports ground.
Their stories do not come to end after the final whistle or crossing the finish line. Each one of them has immense value, as they are a source of inspiration not only for the fellow competitors, but also for all wounded warriors in need of a quality changes and new challenges. That is why the organizers of Invictus Games in Ukraine with the support of the US Embassy decided to launch a program that will become the voice of Ukrainian veterans and their families, friends, coaches, fans and anyone who is already a part of the project or wants to become one.
"Unconquered" is a unique show, where participants can share their own stories, comment on important issues of sports rehabilitation for veterans during interviews, while inspiring others to take action towards new achievements. The main purpose of these broadcasts is to tell their stories in a way that will make other veterans believe they can do the same.
The first 12 episodes will feature the members of the Invictus Games: Team Ukraine, who are currently studying under the sports ambassadors program, created by the organizers of the Invictus Games in Ukraine, the International charitable foundation "Save Live," Center for strategic communications ‘StratCom Ukraine’ and the Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine. Upon its completion, athletes will receive the necessary knowledge to continue individual work in the following areas: first aid, mentoring, leadership, adaptive sports and public speaking.
It is also planned to invite coaches, doctors, psychologists and veterans’ family members to partake in the interviews.
"Unconquered" is scheduled to come out each week in the evenings and will be available on the Invictus Games: Team Ukraine Facebook page and YouTube channel. Military correspondent Anastasia Fedchenko will host the program.
Tune in and feel the indomitable spirit of the Invictus Games!
The organizers of the competition determined the winners and published the protocols of the virtual competition "Unconquered 2.0".
Judges of the virtual competition 'Unconquered 2.0" are coaches of the Invictus Games Team Ukraine and well-known Ukrainian athletes:
- Vasyl Virastyuk, the strongest man of the world
- Natalia Krushynska, Master of Sports of Ukraine, World Class, track and field,
- Sergey Putsov, Master of Sports of Ukraine, indoor rowing
- Vadym Dombrovskyi, Master of Sports of Ukraine, swimming
- Olesya Shah, archery coach of Invictus Games Team Ukraine
- Serhiy Konyushok, Chief Judge of the competition, President of the Federation of Strongmen of Ukraine
The videos submitted by the competitors are posted on the Invictus Games Team Ukraine YouTube channel.
Unconquered 2.0 judges took into account the technical correctness of the exercise and compliance with the requirements for video recording ensuring transparency of the competition.
Following judges' evaluations, the winners of Unconquered 2.0 were determined. The protocols of the competition can be found at the link in the "Online competition" section of the site
UNCONQUERED 2.0. - UKRAINE’S FIRST MULTISPORT ONLINE COMPETITION FOR WOUNDED SERVICEMEN AND VETERANS
The Organizing Committee of the Invictus Games in Ukraine is happy to announce the start of the first online competition for wounded servicemen and veterans – "Unconquered 2.0."
Due to the quarantine restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible to hold competitions in its usual format in 2020. Still, we remain a community of the unconquered, who can’t be stopped by external obstacles, and we will keep ensuring the continuity of the rehabilitation and adaptation process of wounded veterans and servicemen through their involvement in sports no matter what. In other words, we are creating new formats and new opportunities.
THAT IS WHY WE ANNOUNCE UNCONQUERED 2.0 ONLINE!
Unconquered 2.0 is the first multi-sport online competition in Ukraine aimed at promoting the recovery and rehabilitation of war veterans and active servicemen, members of the security and defense sector of Ukraine and volunteer groups, who have suffered from injuries, mutilations, contusions or other diseases received during the time or as a result of their service in a combat zone.
As a special courtesy to the US AF Wounded Warrior Program we have extended the invitation to the wounded veterans and active duty servicemen of the US Air Force. This is our way of appreciating and thanking the US AF Wounded Warrior Program for continuous support of Ukrainian Invictus Games Team and wounded warriors of Ukraine through these difficult times of COVID-19 world pandemic.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Unconquered 2.0 ONLINE is the modern format of multi-sport competition for wounded servicemen and veterans.
The online format implies that the competition takes place virtually; participants choose the location of his or her performance by themselves. All you need to participate is the will to compete and a digital device to record your result.
Unconquered 2.0 ONLINE competitions will include six sports events: track and field, powerlifting, archery, swimming, indoor rowing and road cycling. Detailed information about the ONLINE competition can be found here.
Registration for the Unconquered 2.0 ONLINE participants will take place between October 12 and October 31, 2020 at the link.
The virtual competition itself will be held between October 31 and November 29, 2020. On December 13, 2020, the results of Ukraine’s first Unconquered 2.0 Online Sport Competition in each discipline will be officially announced live on the Invictus Games Team Ukraine social media platforms on Facebook and YouTube. Medals will be sent to all participants.
This event has no analogs in Ukraine: neither in the military, nor Paralympic, nor Olympic sport community. Unconquered 2.0. Online Sport Competition is the unique cohesion of people whose personal rehabilitation and social adaptation stories will become motivating examples to follow for others.
Invictus Games the Hague 2020 were postponed, but the work of Ukrainian organizing committee and the Team Ukraine continues
On March 19, the Invictus Games Foundation announced that the Invictus Games the Hague 2020 will be rescheduled. The Games will take place in May or June 2021.
Despite the postponement, the work of the Ukrainian organizing committee will continue. During 2020 organizing committee will work hard to ensure proper training of the team within the COVID-19 restrictions. It is expected that several training camps will be conducted as soon as sports facilities are open to the public. In the mean time Team Ukraine continues working individually at the place of their residence with distant support of their coaches and psychologists.
Oksana Horbach, Invictus Games Team Ukraine manager and director of the Center for strategic communications 'StratCom Ukraine': 'Despite the fact that the Games are postponed, we continue working, we do not stop helping and supporting our team and WIS community. Our first priority is the physical and mental health of our Team members. We intend to continue their training as soon as possible, as soon as it is safe to be in public places and sports facilities are open again. We intend to host our first wheelchair basketball training camps this year - of course, as soon as it is safe. We intend to continue caring for our WIS community as well. Particularly, recently, the US AF Wounded Warrior Program presented to us a mentorship program 'US AF Sport Ambassadors', the concept of which we believe has a great potential in Ukraine, epsecially with WIS sport rehabilitation programs in more remote communities. We intend to work on this program and launch the pilot later this year. The new date of the Games is just a new date. We keep on moving, continue training and making plans. COVID-19 will go away eventually, it's up to us to adapt to the new work conditions while preserving our objective in focus - sport rehabiliation, individual recovery and social integration of team members and our WIS community.'
In light of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, the Board of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, along with the Invictus Games Foundation, are forced to conclude that organising the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, can no longer take place as planned from 9 to 16 May 2020.
The expected date of the Invictus Games the Hague is May-June 2021. The exact dates will depend on the availability of the necessary sports facilities and resources in the Netherlands.
Tomorrow, March 20, the Ukrainian organizing committee o will hold a meeting to determine further steps to prepare the national team for Invictus Games the Hague in 2021.
On March 13, the WHO declared Europe the center of the pandemic of acute respiratory disease COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (2019-nCoV). Governments in all European countries are taking unprecedented measures to prevent mass disease - closing borders, canceling mass events, restricting transport and quarantining. Most of these restrictions now apply in Ukraine.