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

INVITUS GAMES THE HAGUE 2020

Dates and location

The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 will be held on 9-16 May 2020. Most of the competition events will take place at Zuiderpark, which will be transformed into a sports town for the Games. The swimming competition will be held at Hofbad swimming pool in Ypenburg, 6 km from The Hague.

Participating nations

19 nations will compete in the Invictus Games The Hague 2020: Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium (debut), Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, UK, USA.

Sports

500 competitors will compete at the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 in archery, athletics, indoor rowing, Jaguar Land Rover driving challenge, powerlifting, cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming and wheelchair rugby.

SELECTION OF 2020 TEAM UKRAINE

In 2020, Ukraine will compete in its third Invictus Games. In recognition of the high level of organization and popularity of the Invictus Gams in Ukraine, the Invictus Games Foundation increased the quota for the Ukrainian team from 15 to 20 members.

Eligibility

Veterans and active members of the Armed Forces, National Guard, State Border Guard Service, National Police, Security Service of Ukraine and volunteer units who became ill, wounded or injured during, or as a result of, service in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone or during peacekeeping operations in which Ukraine has participated since 1991.

Required documents

Copy of your combat veteran certificate or disabled war veteran certificate; 
 
For volunteers: a recommendation letter from the commander of your volunteer battalion indicating the unit and the time and location of the injury/wound/illness; in the absence of primary medical documents, an explanation for such absence is required from the commander;  
 
Copy of the conclusion of the Military Medical Commission, Medical Social Expert Commission, or other primary medical documentation confirming that your injury/wound/illness was caused during, or as a result of, combat zone service;
 
Certificate from a sports medicine doctor allowing you to do sports;
 

Passport and 3x4 photograph.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria are based on the recommendations of the Invictus Games Foundation.

Criteria Weight
1 Rehabilitation
What degree of benefit will this individual gain from competing in the Invictus Games? How it will help them maintain or accelerate their recovery? How will it support their rehabilitation and enable them to progress? Recovery encompasses physical health and mental wellbeing as well as social interaction and relationships. The individual should demonstrate a willingness to improve their fitness, sporting performance, health and wellbeing.
40%
2 Attitude
Significant consideration should be given to the individual’s overall attitude to participation from the moment of application onwards. This includes but is not limited to: Approach to training (i.e. commitment and discipline); Support and encouragement of others; Ownership of recovery journey; Willingness to fully engage and participate as part of a team; Positive personal development outlook; Demonstrable interest in improving in sport; Upholding the values of the Invictus Games.
25%
3 Sports Ethics
The individual should demonstrate the ‘Invictus Spirit’ through fair and respectful behaviour in sporting competition, both on and off the field of play, and in the treatment of others. They should foster a spirit of camaraderie and conduct themselves with integrity.  
25%
4 Sports Results
The individual should show a desire to understand the sport in which they hope to compete and want to improve at it. This is NOT about being the fastest or best at a particular sport. It is NOT about which individual will win the most medals.
10%

Calendar

DATE SELECTION STAGES

14 June – 20 July 2019

Applications accepted from candidates 
13 July 2019 Sports testing in Lviv 
20 July 2019 Sports testing in Odesa 
27 July 2019  Sports testing in Kyiv 
14 September 2019 Invictus Games Ukraine Team Trials, Kyiv
16 September – 16 October 2019 Selection by panel of Team Ukraine Invictus Games 2020 
17 October 2019 Official announcement of the members of Team Ukraine for the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 

HOW TO BECOME A TEAM UKRAINE CANDIDATE: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

REGISTRATION

Step 1 — submit your application using this link.

To register, gather documentation confirming your combat experience, primary medical documents, copy of your passport, identification code and 3x4 photograph. If you are unable to provide these documents during the registration process, bring them with you to the sports testing in the city you selected.

Registration of candidates will be open from 14 June to 20 July 2019. Registration is required for everyone who wants to join the national team.

PREPARATION

Step 2 — prepare for sports testing in Lviv, Odesa or Kyiv.

Sports testing will involve 6 sports: athletics (running, long jump and shot put), archery, swimming, powerlifting, indoor rowing, road cycling.

Previous experience in a sport is not required for participation in selection. You can become part of the Ukrainian team even if you have never done sports before.   

We’ve compiled a series of videos that will familiarize you with the sports disciplines of the Invictus Games.

Before preparing for and participating in sports testing, please see your doctor for a functional diagnosis and to get permission to do your chosen sport. Your health is most important!

SPORTS TESTING

Step 3 — come to sports testing in one of three cities: Lviv (13 July), Odesa (20 July), Kyiv (27 July).

You will receive information about time and place of testing and recommendations after you have registered. 

Sports testing is the first stage of the selection process. It is not a competition. It is mainly an opportunity, under the supervision of a professional trainer and doctor, to try several sports (even ones you have never done before) and choose one or more that suit you best. During sports testing, there will also be an interview with members of the organizing committee and registration of documents that candidates weren’t able to submit online.

Updated Regulations for the 2019 sports testing can be found here.

NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS

Step 4 — take part in the National Trials on 14 September 2019 in Kyiv.

All participants of sports testing will be allowed to participate in the National Trials, regardless of their sports results or experience, and compete for a spot on the national team if they have a functional diagnosis from their doctor giving them permission to do the selected sport, and have documents confirming that they became wounded/injured/ill during or as a result of combat zone service.   

The list of sports and categories, as well as National Trials Regulations will be posted here in August 2019.