Thursday, June 3, 2021, Apeldoorn - In the beautiful sun-drenched gardens of Paleis het Loo, the "official Invictus Games The Hague 2020 Tulip" was blessed by H.R.H. Princess Margriet on Thursday, June 3, 2021. The Princess, who is honorary chairman of the committee of recommendation of the Dutch edition of The Invictus Games, blessed the tulip in the presence of Alexander Lamp, one of the members of the Dutch Invictus Team.
Invictus Games The Hague 2020 have been postponed twice and will now take place from April 16-22, 2022. From the first postponed edition, the Invictus Tulp has been the symbol for this successful international sports event for physically and/or mentally injured military personnel. The Invictus Games uses the power of sport to encourage recovery, support rehabilitation and generate broader understanding and respect for those who serve or have served their country.
Grown by tulip growers Jan and Jose Ligthart of Den Helder, this unique tulip represents, among other things, the invincibility of the competitors. After their mental or physical injuries, they have all found the inner strength to go on and pick themselves up. Almost always with the help of family and friends, but always partly thanks to the power of sport.
The blessing was performed in the gardens of Paleis Het Loo, next to The King's Leap an impressive fountain. The ceremony was attended by Mart de Kruif, Chairman Invictus Games The Hague 2020, Mrs. Lucy Ferguson, Deputy Ambassador UK and also representative of the Invictus Games Foundation and not to forget the growers Jan & Jose Ligthart.
Alexander (45) from Helmond will compete for the second time in the Invictus Games in 2022. He will participate in powerlifting and rowing. He was diagnosed with MS in 2010, following symptoms of failure in his right leg. As a result, he can no longer perform his work in the Marine Corps. His family, sports and music give him support and strength.
Lamp gave the following reaction: "Playing sports with my team and other fellow sufferers provides motivation and inspiration. And because the Games are now in the Netherlands, we have the opportunity to really do it together with my family this time!"
Mart de Kruif said, "All the hard work and efforts of the 500 participants from 20 countries are very valuable to us as an organizer and our partners and are a huge inspiration to create an even more beautiful event in 2021. This beautiful yet powerful flower symbolizes the Invictus spirit. As an organization, we also want to show our invincibility and the Invictus Spirit by demonstrating our strength to the world in 2022 with an unforgettable event."
So the fifth Invictus Games will be held in The Hague from 6-22 April 2022 with more than 500 competitors from 20 countries taking part in a multi-sport event featuring ten adaptive sports. The Duke of Sussex is patron and initiator of the Invictus Games and the Invictus Games Foundation. All participants will bring, at the invitation and expense of the organization, two friends or family members who have helped during the rehabilitation process to the event.