100 days until Invictus Games The Hague 2020
To mark 100 days to go until the kick-off of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 presented by Jaguar Land Rover, the international sporting event (9-16 May) for wounded, injured or sick Servicemen and women, Johan Remkes, Mayor of The Hague and Chef de Mission of the Dutch Team Stefan Nommensen, revealed a mega-campaign image in the atrium of the City Hall.
Mega image in City Hall
The compact multi-sport event is being organized in the Zuiderpark in The Hague from 9-16 May 2020. The unveiling concerns a 3 by 6 metre image of the plan for the Invictus Games Park in The Hague that will remain in the city hall up to and including the event.
“It borders on Superhuman”
Mayor Johan Remkes said: “No one comes out of a war intact. Even though they are still trained for it. The power that wounded and sick soldiers bring in and then use to recover is enormous. That they are also able to exercise at a high level borders on the superhuman. I am therefore very happy and grateful that The Hague can offer a stage to these men and women who are admired by so many. We will receive them with open arms."
“We are well on schedule”
Boardmember of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, Angelien Eijsink, gave a short update about the preparations. “With 100 days to go, we are well on schedule. For the 500 participants from 20 countries, the Zuiderpark will be transformed from beginning of April into the Invictus Games Park for the most compact and sustainable Games ever. We are building a festival site with 22,500 m2 of temporary stadiums for sports, venues for performances, spaces for guest receptions and experience elements for the Ministry of Defence.”
“For clarity's sake, the entry to the Invictus Games Park will be free to everyone from the 9th to 16th May. To support and encourage those participating in their sporting competition(s) you can purchase tickets online for the various sports events taking place in the Park, including in the Sports Campus, the athletics complex, the temporary main stadium as well as for Swimming, which is taking place in the Hofbad.”
Eijsink then also presented former top athlete now employed by the police, Gregory Sedoc as an Invictus Games The Hague 2020 Ambassador and Board Member. Sedoc is looking forward to being an Ambassador for the international multi-sport event highlighting the power of sport in recovery. Sedoc said:
“When Mart de Kruif called me to join the board, I didn't have to think long. Firstly because I am an ex-military and and secondly because of my background as former top athlete. The objective of Invictus to use sport for mental and physical recovery is something I firmly believe in. I very much look forward to the event and in the coming days 100 days we are going to create something that will be unforgettable.”
Stefan Nommensen, Chef de Mission of the Dutch Invictus Games Team, gave the following update about the preparations for the Games:
“The competitors are working hard to take the first steps towards achieving their personal goals. We also see that the team members share their experiences with each other and find support from each other. It is becoming a real team. Next week we will also be together with the Friends & Family. They form an inseparable support for our competitors.”
“We are very much looking forward to the Invictus Games The Hague 2020. We are delighted and proud that the Games are being held in the Netherlands and that the participants, although wounded physically or mentally, are certainly not defeated!”
About the Invictus Games The Hague 2020…
The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 will honour the soldiers and their loved-ones. With an expected 100,000 visitors, journalists from all over the world, and thousands of fans, the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 are a major event in the Zuiderpark. The Invictus Games are held from the 9th May until the 16th of May 2020 and will be a celebration for young and old. The Zuiderpark will be transformed into an event area with a large variety of activities that will attract thousands of visitors. The event terrain is freely accessible on all days.
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About Invictus Games The Hague 2020
De Invictus Games is een internationaal sportevenement voor fysiek en/of mentaal gewonde militairen. De Invictus Games gebruikt de kracht van sport om herstel te stimuleren, revalidatie te ondersteunen en breder begrip en respect te genereren voor hen die hun land dienen of gediend hebben.
‘Invictus’ staat voor ‘onoverwonnen’. Het symboliseert de vechtlustige geest, van fysiek en/of mentaal gewonde militairen. Het laat zien wat je, ondanks je verwondingen, kunt bereiken.
Aan de Invictus Games, die in het voorjaar van 2022 in Den Haag worden gehouden, doen 500 deelnemers mee, uit 19 verschillende landen. Zij zullen actief zijn in tien verschillende sporten.
Alle deelnemers mogen, op uitnodiging en kosten van de organisatie, twee vrienden of familieleden die hebben geholpen tijdens het revalidatieproces meenemen naar het evenement.
Iedere deelnemer aan de Invictus Games heeft zijn eigen verhaal, maar allen hebben ze de innerlijke kracht gevonden om door te gaan en zichzelf op te richten. Alleen, met hulp van familie en vrienden, maar altijd mede dankzij de kracht van sport.
The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for Wounded, Injured and Sick Servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country.
The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and personifies what these tenacious men and women can achieve post injury.
The Invictus Games is about much more than just sport – it captures hearts, challenges minds and changes lives.
The Invictus Games 2020 will be held in The Hague in the spring of 2022 and invites 500 competitors, from 19 different countries. They will participate in 10 different sports.
All competitors may bring two friends or family members who have helped during the rehabilitation process, at the invitation and expense of the organization.
The participants all have their own story of physical and/or psychological injury or illness. But all of them have found the inner strength to go on and reinvent themselves. Sometimes alone, often with the help of family and friends, but always through the power of sport. The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 is the platform to share their stories and add another chapter to their book of life.