The Organising Committee of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, has appointed Gregory Sedoc as Sporting Director. Former military man and former Olympic athlete Sedoc (40) is looking forward to the sporting, international event for wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans, which will be held in the Zuiderpark in The Hague from Saturday 16 to Friday 22 April. "It is a very honourable task, which I am happy to fulfil."
Sedoc: "The Invictus Games are close to my heart, partly because I spent eight years working as Dutch military man. But also, because the event emphasises the power of sport. Sport is important, for everyone, but especially in the recovery process of wounded, injured and sick soldiers and veterans. As Sporting Director and former athlete, I want to share my knowledge. I want to create the best possible competition and use my experience to support all participants where necessary."
Sedoc (40) competed in the Olympics three times as a hurdler. He is currently making a series of documentaries about participants in the Invictus Games. These will be broadcast in the Netherlands just before the event. "Making the series has shown me once again the value of this event. The participants are all looking forward to the camaraderie they are going to experience in The Hague, with their teammates and participants from other countries."
In 2009 Sedoc, then still an athlete employed by the Ministry of Defence, visited Afghanistan for a few days. There he also met Mart de Kruif, then ISAF commander for southern Afghanistan. The former Commander of the Royal Netherlands Army is now Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Invictus Games in The Hague. Sedoc: "I was very impressed by the work that the military do there, under difficult circumstances of course. It was intense. I am proud that I can now mean something to all those heroes and their friends. It should be a fantastic week, especially in light of recent events in the world, the organisation is rock solid."
Mart de Kruif, chairman of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020, is very pleased with the appointment of Gregory Sedoc as Sports Director: "Gregory is an example for many because of his sports heart, but also because he has a lot of attention for the human being and the strength to dare to take on challenges.”
De Kruif is looking forward to the start of the event, the importance of which, especially now due to the recent developments in Ukraine, is great. The preparations are now in the final phase and last week the construction of the Invictus Games Park in The Hague started. In the Zuiderpark, next to the Sport Campus, a temporary stadium will be built, where the opening and closing ceremonies will take place, several smaller sports arenas and a Fanzone, which is also accessible without an entrance ticket, where many activities will take place.
De Kruif continues: "Following the outbreak of the COVID19 virus, we have been forced to reschedule the Invictus Games twice, some countries - such as New Zealand and Jordan - cannot physically attend the Invictus Games, and now we are dealing with a terrible war situation in Europe. Even more reason to organise the Invictus Games and let the world experience a phenomenal event after all, where participants from many countries stand side by side with the support of their friends and families, the volunteers, international partners and our national partners, such as our Ministry of Defence, VWS, the municipality of The Hague and the V-fonds, suppliers and other sponsors."
The Jordanian delegation was there for the first time during the 2016 Invictus Games, in Orlando. There was also a delegation from the Jordanian Armed Forces in Toronto and Sydney. The plan was to send 20 participants to the Invictus Games in The Hague, but they will remain at home due to the challenges of the COVID19 pandemic in their home country.
From Saturday 16 to Friday 22 April 2022, the Zuiderpark in The Hague will be transformed into the Invictus Games Park. Up to 500 participants from dozens of countries will physically participate in ten adaptive sports. They will be accompanied by about a thousand family members and friends. The Invictus Games The Hague 2020 is an international sports event for wounded and/or injured (ex) military personnel. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the event had to be postponed in both 2020 and 2021. The Invictus Games use the power of sport to stimulate recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the men and women who serve or have served their country. Since the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014 in London, the Invictus Games have been held in Orlando (2016), Toronto (2017) and Sydney (2018).