Aerial view of Birmingham city centre and Bullring UK 190716 CREDIT APS ALAMY
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Birmingham 'Ideal Host City' For 2027 Invictus Games

The leader of Birmingham City Council says the city would be an "ideal host" for the Invictus Games in 2027.

Aerial view of Birmingham city centre and Bullring UK 190716 CREDIT APS ALAMY

The leader of Birmingham City Council says the city would be an "ideal host" for the Invictus Games in 2027.

The Invictus Games, which was first held in London in 2014, is an international multi-sport event launched by Prince Harry and aimed at wounded, injured or sick Armed Forces personnel and veterans taking part.

In 2017, the Toronto event was the setting for the Duke of Sussex and his then-girlfriend Meghan Markle's first public appearance together as a couple.

Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward said: "The outstanding work of staff at the QE [Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham] and the strong links with the Armed Forces and their families would make Birmingham the ideal host city for the 2027 Invictus Games.

"Our city has a proud history of staging top-class sporting events and we have a fantastic global reputation as a city that delivers great events and provides a fantastic welcome.

"So, I want to know what the people of Birmingham think about the possibility of a future bid to host an event that celebrates the indomitable spirit of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

"Bringing major events to Birmingham puts our city in the spotlight and, of course, the events boost our visitor economy.

"But there are other benefits, as we can see from the Commonwealth Games, which in addition to delivering homes, jobs and huge opportunities, will boost community spirit and city pride," he added.

Last year, military personnel helped construct the NHS Nightingale hospital in England's second city early on in the coronavirus pandemic.

The next two Invictus Games competitions are due to take place in The Hague next April, postponed from 2020 because of the pandemic, and in Dusseldorf in September 2023.

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