Britain’s Prince Harry announces third Invictus Games
Britain’s Prince Harry has announced that Toronto will host the third Invictus Games.
The 31-year-old royal – who founded the Paralympic-style event for wounded soldiers – has revealed the third instalment will take place in the Canadian city in September 2017.
He said: “I always hoped the Invictus story would continue after the London games. And having seen so many new people benefit from their journey to Orlando this year, I definitely didn’t want it to end here. So today, I am absolutely delighted to announce that the Invictus legacy will continue when Toronto hosts the third Invictus Games in September 2017.”
The sporting competition – which started off in London in 2014 – encourages its participants, who hail from 15 countries, to embrace their injuries and triumph in various sports including wheelchair basketball and indoor rowing.
The Prince added: “It is a year steeped in rich Canadian military history, marking the anniversaries of historic battles that shaped and defined the nation. It’s also the year when Canada will commemorate its 150th anniversary of Confederation. I can’t think of a better way to mark this milestone than by paying tribute to the soldiers and veterans who have served their country so bravely and to support them along their journey to recovery.”