Prince Harry's Invictus Games postponed by coronavirus

PRINCE Harry's Invictus Games is the latest major event to have been postponed due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 Games were due to be held in the Hague from May 9 to 16.

Organisers said the competition was likely to be rescheduled to May or June 2021.

Harry created the Invictus Games in 2014 after being inspired by the US Warrior Games.

It sees injured servicemen and veterans from 20 nations compete in nine sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing.

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, said: "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."

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