Ponds Forge in Sheffield during Invictus Games UK trials
Invictus Games

Invictus Games: Dusseldorf To Host 2022 Tournament

Ponds Forge in Sheffield during Invictus Games UK trials

The sixth edition of the Invictus Games in 2022 will be held in the German city of Dusseldorf.

The competition will feature more than 500 athletes from 20 different nations.

The Invictus Games' founder, Prince Harry, said he is "honoured" that the competition would be heading to Germany.

"Germany has been a key part of the Invictus Games family since the very start in 2014 and I know that they will be exemplary hosts in picking up the mantle and showcasing what sport continues to do for these inspirational men and women in their recovery," the Duke of Sussex said.

"I hope everyone in Germany is ready for what will be an incredible week of sport.

"I have no doubt that the German public will get right behind these Games and that every single competitor can expect a warm welcome and an amazing atmosphere."

The announcement comes less than a week after South Korea was confirmed as the latest country to join the Invictus Games Foundation.

The nation will make its tournament debut in this year's competition in The Hague.

The Mayor of Dusseldorf said the city is "proud" to be chosen to host the tournament, and said it will be carried out with "heart and emotion".

What are the Invictus Games?

The Invictus Games are a Paralympic-style event for sick, wounded and injured serving military personnel and veterans.

The Duke of Sussex is the patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, which oversees the delivery of the tournament.

The Duke founded the Invictus Games, staging the first tournament in London in 2014, which was followed by Orlando, Florida in 2016.

In 2017 the Games took place in Toronto, Canada, where Prince Harry made his first public appearance with his then-girlfriend Meghan.

In 2018 the Games were hosted in Sydney and saw more than 500 competitors from 18 nations compete in 11 adaptive sports.

While there were no Invictus Games in 2019, the Dutch city of The Hague has been selected for the upcoming Invictus Games, which will take place in May of this year.

Cover image: MOD.

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