Invictus Games

Invictus Games Dusseldorf Postponed To 2023

The German city was to host the Games in 2022 but it will now do this in 2023.

The Invictus Games in Dusseldorf has been postponed to the summer of 2023.

The week-long event was due to be held in the German city during 2022 but it has been moved after the coronavirus pandemic affected the schedule.

The 2020 Invictus Games, to be held in The Hague, was moved to 2021 due to the virus outbreak. 

Holding the Games in Dusseldorf in 2023 will restore the two-year cycle between the events.

The gap gives competitors time to spend with their friends and family, as well as preparing for the action in Germany.

Dusseldorf won the right to host the Games in January.

Dominic Reid, chief executive of the Invictus Games Foundation, said: "Moving the Invictus Games Dusseldorf to 2023 allows the competitors and their team managers time to plan their recovery pathways following the move of The Invictus Games The Hague to next year.

"It’s extremely complex to be planning not one but two multi-national sporting events in the middle of a pandemic, and the Invictus Games Foundation is grateful to the organising committee in Germany for their flexibility and hard work in responding to the challenges."

The Paralympic-style event for sick, wounded and injured serving military personnel and veterans was founded by the Duke of Sussex.

The first Invictus Games took place in London in 2014 and has since been held in Orlando, Toronto and Sydney.