Prince Harry's Invictus Games Announces New Date — 1 Day After Netflix Reveals New Documentary Series 'Heart Of Invictus'
After Prince Harry's Invictus Games were canceled twice due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the organization finally announced a new date.
On Wednesday, April 7, it was revealed that the games will take place in The Hague in the Netherlands from April 16-22 in 2022.
There will be "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," the Invictus Games Foundation said via their website, adding that the games will be still be named Invictus Games The Hague 2020.
“We still strive to deliver a safe, surprising and impactful Games. It looks like this should be possible in 2022, and we look forward to hosting them. It was of course a big disappointment that the Invictus Games could not take place, but also understandable in the current situation," Mart de Kruif, chairman of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, said.
"All the hard work and efforts of the organization and our partners are very valuable and form a good basis for an even more beautiful event in 2022. As an organization we also want to show our own resilience and the Invictus Spirit. Now that we have a date to focus on, we and the competitors can set new goals and our Invictus family will show its strength to the world in 2022," he continued.
The games — a multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in nine sports — were supposed to take place in May 2020, but the event ended up being canceled.
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The exciting news comes one day after Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, announced that would film a docuseries about the event — and the red-headed royal would even be featured!
"Since the very first Invictus Games back in 2014, we knew that each competitor would contribute in their own exceptional way to a mosaic of resilience, determination, and resolve. This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year," Harry said in a statement about his latest venture.
He continued, "As Archewell Productions' first series with Netflix, in partnership with the Invictus Games Foundation, I couldn't be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service."