Invictus Games Team UK Wheelchair Basketball 21 April 2022 CREDIT MOD
The UK's wheelchair basketball team take on Canada in April 2022 (Picture: MOD).
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Israel welcomed as newest Invictus Games Community member

Invictus Games Team UK Wheelchair Basketball 21 April 2022 CREDIT MOD
The UK's wheelchair basketball team take on Canada in April 2022 (Picture: MOD).

Israel has been confirmed as the latest nation to join the Invictus Games Foundation's Community of Nations.

It has now also been confirmed that the nation will be joining Colombia in Germany next year at the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023.

Prince Harry announced Colombia and Nigeria were joining his Invictus Games Foundation in a new "community" structure in May.

Invictus Games Foundation CEO Dominic Reid said he is "excited to be exploring additionalΒ programmes of activity to allow even more nations to benefit from Invictus" with the Invictus community continuing to grow "beyond the Games".

"Israel have a long-standing respect for the power of sport in recovery, and I'm pleased they are joining our wider community this year," he said.

"As next year's Invictus Games hosts are building 'a Home for Respect' in Germany, I am also looking forward to Israel and Colombia joining us in Dusseldorf next September," he added.

Limor Luria, Deputy Director General and Head of Israel's Ministry of Defense's Rehabilitation Department, said they are "grateful for the warm welcome to the Invictus Community of Nations".

"It is a pleasure to take part in the important work of the Invictus Games Foundation, share our own experience in the sports recovery field, and learn from the community.

"Being a part of the Invictus Community will provide more opportunities for recovery among veterans who were wounded or became ill whilst serving."

"We look forward to sharing our experience, and learning from the other nations, in this uplifting and supportive community."

Watch:Β Looking back at the Invictus Games The Hague.

Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023

Colombia, Israel and Nigeria are the three newest members of the newly developed Invictus Community of Nations, bringing the total number of community nations to 23.

From that community, the host committee of the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 has confirmed that teams from Colombia and Israel are invited to attend the Games in Germany next year, bringing the number of nations confirmed for the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 to 21.

While the team in Nigeria is not yet set to participate in the upcoming Games, they are benefiting from membership by further developing their sports recovery programmes, including exploring a series of Invictus: Endeavours later this year with the international community.

The current Invictus Games participating nations are: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, UK, Ukraine, and the USA.

Additional members of the Invictus Community of Nations are Afghanistan and Nigeria.

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