Invictus Games

Team UK's Invictus Games Training Camps Suspended Over Coronavirus

Athletes from 19 nations are set to compete in the fifth edition of the games in The Hague between 9 and 16 May.

All upcoming Invictus Games training camps for Team UK athletes have been called off because of coronavirus.

Sixty-five athletes, made up of wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans are due to be competing for Team UK in the games in The Hague, the Netherlands, in May.

As it stands, the games are still going ahead despite military sports and other major sporting events, including Euro 2020, being postponed over COVID-19.

A number of training camps had been pencilled in for the Team UK athletes in the run up to the tournament, including a multi-sport weekend at Help For Heroes' Tedworth House Recovery Centre next month.

Hannah Lawton, Team UK manager and sports recovery manager at Help For Heroes, said: "Our priority is ensuring the welfare and safety of our Team UK competitors and their friends and family. 

"In light of the Government's escalating response to the coronavirus, we made the decision to cancel the upcoming training camps.

"We are absolutely committed to supporting the ongoing recovery of our competitors and their wider Invictus Games journey.

"It is of paramount importance at present to protect the health, wellbeing and recovery of all Team UK members."

The Duke of Sussex speaks to members of Team UK's 2020 squad in October (Picture: MOD).

Ms Lawton added they remain committed to getting the team ready for the tournament.

The Invictus Games were founded by the Duke of Sussex in 2014.

The Olympic-style event has been held in cities across the world, including London, Orlando, Toronto and Sydney.

Athletes from 19 nations are set to compete in the fifth instalment of the games in The Hague between 9-16 May.

Thousands of people have died since the outbreak of coronavirus at the end of 2019.

The virus has caused widespread disruption with many cities across Europe being put on lockdown. 

Cover image: The Invictus Games in Orlando 2016 (Picture: US Department of Defense).