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5 Things to Know About The Invictus Games, Founded By Prince Harry

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - MAY 09: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the launch of the Invictus Games on May 9, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - MAY 09: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during the launch of the Invictus Games on May 9, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)
By Ryanne Co
By Ryanne Co
April 07, 2021
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new Netflix project will focus on the Invictus Games, an international sporting event founded by Prince Harry

The much-awaited announcement is here: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released new details on their first project after signing with Netflix. The couple, who've said that they wanted to produce content that "informs but also gives hope", have recently spoken on their first project, which will centre around the Invictus Games.

Here's what you need to know about it.

(Related: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Announce Their First Netflix Series on the Invictus Games)

1/5 The Invictus Games were founded by Prince Harry

For those who don't know, the Invictus Games were founded in 2014 by Prince Harry himself. It is an international sporting event that caters specifically to Servicemen and women who have been injured or have an illness. The word invictus itself means "unconquered" and its namesake event was brought about after the Duke of Sussex saw, firsthand, how sport can help those suffering from illness or injury. 

(Related: Prince William and Prince Harry Approve Final Design of Princess Diana’s Statue)

Photo: Unsplash
Photo: Unsplash

2/5 The next games are set to take place in 2022 and 2023

The next games are set to be held in the springtime of 2022 at The Hague. The exact date is yet to be confirmed, although organisers have said that Jaguar Land Rover will be sponsoring the event. There will be 500 competitors from over 20 nations participating. 

In June 2023, the sixth installation of the Invictus Games will be held in Düsseldorf. 

(Related: Meghan Markle And Prince Harry's Oprah Interview: Everything You Need To Know)

3/5 The Invictus Games were inspired by an American sporting event

Though the Invictus Games Foundation is UK-based, the sporting event itself was first inspired by the American Warrior Games. In 2013, Prince Harry flew to Colorado to witness the Warrior Games and was inspired by its camaraderie and sportsmanship. 

4/5 There are adaptive games

Adaptive sports follow the traditional rules of the game it follows, however it is also modified in some way to make it inclusive for those who have disabilities. For example, the Invictus Games allows its players to participate in activities such as sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair rugby. 

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5/5 Countries around the world are included

The Invictus Games aren't just open to European countries. Players from Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Iraq, Estonia, and New Zealand have all been welcome. According to the Invictus Games Foundation, new participating nations are selected according to certain criteria. They've also said that the current criteria are under review, which means more countries may be able to join soon! 

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