Cyclists competing at 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney Australia
Invictus Games

South Korea Becomes Invictus Games' 20th Competing Nation

The 11 Korean athletes will be competing in archery, athletics, cycling, indoor rowing, powerlifting, and swimming.

Cyclists competing at 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney Australia

The Republic of Korea has become the 20th country to join the Invictus Games Foundation and will appear in the 2020 competition in The Hague.

The announcement comes as Invictus Games founder, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife revealed they are stepping back as senior members of the royal family.

Prince Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014, while still serving in the British Army.

The first tournament was held in London, followed by tournaments in Orlando in 2016, Toronto in 2017 and Sydney in 2018.

This year, the 11 Korean athletes will be competing in archery, athletics, cycling, indoor rowing, powerlifting, and swimming.

Speaking to the Invictus Foundation, Korean competitor Hyunmin Jeong said: "Through participation in sport, and in the Invictus Games, we hope to remind ourselves once again of the importance of dedication, perseverance, and tenacity which will help us navigate through the most difficult times."

Team UK's squad for the 2020 Invictus Games were decided at the Invictus Trials in Sheffield.

Tim Leader Kim Deok Nam is the President of Korea Disables Veterans Organisation and said: "We are very pleased to be invited to send a team to participate in the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.

"We look forward to seeing Korean military personnel leaping forward as a symbol of hope and honour."

CEO of the Invictus Games Foundation, Dominic Reid, agreed with the sentiment.

"We are tremendously excited to be announcing the Republic of Korea as the 20th participating nation in time for the 2020 Games," he said.

“We know that the positive impact of the Games grows as it becomes more and more international. And so we look forward to welcoming them to The Hague later this year.”

The Invictus Games will begin in The Hague, Netherlands on 9 May.

Cover image: Cyclists competing at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia (Picture: MOD).