Invictus Games postponed until 2021
23rd March 2020
Organisers have announced that this year’s Invictus Games will be rescheduled for 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Games see international teams of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women compete in 9 different sports, including sitting volleyball.
Before the announcement on 19th March, the Invictus Games was set to take place in The Hague between 9th and 16th May.
Subject to the availability of key facilities and resources, the multi-sport event could now take place in May or June 2021.
Richard Osborne, Head Coach of the Team UK Sitting Volleyball Team, said: “The team and staff are naturally disappointed that the Invictus Games have been postponed, but we understand and support the decision. We have fostered a really close-knit team, and everyone has rallied round to support one another. I’m sure players will use the additional time to continue to train hard so they are as competitive as possible come game time.”
The following players were called up to the Team UK Sitting Volleyball squad:
- Chris Anslow
- Jordan Armitage
- Tony Booth
- Jason Finlay
- Tom Folwell
- Vikrant Gurung
- Sherry McBain
- Steve Rice
- Dave Wilkinson
- Vicki Ross (Captain)
- Tony Young
Mart de Kruif, Chairman of the Invictus Games the Hague 2020, said: “The coronavirus and its effects are part of a global pandemic which will influence every public event in the foreseeable future. Therefore, we find ourselves in a clear situation which left us no other choice than to reschedule the Invictus Games to the year 2021. By doing this, we also bring clarity to those vulnerable competitors and their loved ones, a clarity which is so desperately needed in their journey to recovery.”
Dominic Reid, CEO of the Invictus Games Foundation, added: “We know that those training to compete and represent their countries will be disappointed, but we also know that for The Hague to deliver a safe, exciting and impactful Games, the wait until next year will be worth it. All competitors who were selected by their nations to take part in the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 will receive their medallion from the Invictus Games Foundation later this year in recognition of their resilience, their commitment to their training, and as an acknowledgment of their journey to recovery through sport.”.
Photo credit: Getty Images for Invictus Games Foundation.