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.'