Invictus Games

Former Team UK Captain Praises 'Powered By Invictus' Virtual Leagues

Mark Perkins also gave Forces News his reaction to the Invictus Games being postponed until 2022.

Former Team UK captain Mark Perkins has praised the virtual work that the Invictus Games Foundation is doing to help improve mental health.

The 'Powered By Invictus' virtual leagues have been launched following the announcement that the Invictus Games will be postponed for a second time, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The next edition of the tournament, hosted by The Hague, will now take place in 2022.

The virtual leagues allow competitors to challenge athletes from around the world in sports such as archery, athletics, swimming, cycling and rowing.

Perkins says he believes it is a fantastic tool to communicate during the pandemic.

"We are communicating animals," he said.

"That’s what we are designed to do.

"I think that’s the one that thing that some people will really miss is that communication.

Mark Perkins was Team UK captain at the 2018 Invictus Games.

"You can get it from virtual. It’s not the best but it’s the best that we can do at the moment.

"I think it’s fantastic to have these leagues and have these countries, other countries.

"It's not just about us. Invictus is a global thing."

Regarding the postponement, the former Team UK captain thinks it may be a little easier to accept this year compared to last.

He said: "I think last year when we were getting so close to it, it was probably a real kick that they weren’t expecting and probably a hard one to deal with.

"As we’ve watched this whole year unfold... there’s probably frustration and disappointment again but then also, hang on there is a reason behind it.

"I think this will be an easier pill to take this year but that doesn’t make it easy to take," he added.

"It's still going to be very disappointing because you set your goals, you set your sights and Invictus is not just about you as a person."