Wheelchair Rugby pitchside 2017 Invictus Games Toronto Ontario Canada
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New York, Seattle Or Canada? Invictus Games 2025 Shortlist Revealed

Wheelchair Rugby pitchside 2017 Invictus Games Toronto Ontario Canada

The Invictus Games Foundation has announced a shortlist of three cities to host the Invictus Games 2025.

New York, Seattle and a Winter Hybrid Games option based in Canada are all on the list, with the foundation now assessing the bid books from each shortlisted location.

The final selection and announcement will take place in early 2022, prior to the Invictus Games The Hague – which are now going ahead in April 2022 after being postponed twice.

Lord Charles Allen, Chair of the Invictus Games Foundation, said it was "incredibly difficult" to narrow down just three potential locations.

"To receive such a range of very strong bids is a testament to the ongoing support from the participating nations for the Invictus Games and what they stand for, including the enduring impact of international sport recovery programmes for our wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veteran community," he said.

Watch: Invictus Games – 2022 date for event in The Hague announced.

Following the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, the next event was due to take place in The Hague in 2020.

Due to the pandemic, it was postponed to 2021, then 2022, and now the next two events are scheduled to take place in Europe –  The Hague in 2022 and Dusseldorf in 2023.

The intent was for the Invictus Games Foundation to consider a city outside of Europe for the 2025 iteration of the games.

In their initial bids, both New York and Seattle showed their experience in hosting international events, whereas the Winter Hybrid option in Canada would see outdoor winter sports included for the first time.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected the pattern of hosting the Invictus Games.

According to the Invictus Games Foundation, the selection process for the 2025 Invictus Games represents an intent to host the Invictus Games every two years after Dusseldorf 2023.

Cover image: Pitchside for wheelchair rugby at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada (Picture: US Department of Defense).