Prince Harry’s Invictus Games was so successful this September, it is confirmed a host is sought for the next games.
The Invictus Games are looking for a host for the Spring of 2016, with the whole of 2015 being dedicated to finding the funds for another large scale event, as well as fine-tuning plans. 2017 will see another games in the summer.
The 13 nations that participated this year will compete to win the games, much like the Olympic Games bid, proving the country has the right qualities to facilitate the international sporting event. The criteria includes: a minimum of 10 participating nations, at least 250 competitors, five sports, a strong families programme, appropriate broadcast and media coverage, and access to the games for spectators and media.
The hosts will be announced early next year.
413 competitors took part in the inaugural ‘wounded warrior games’ at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the former London 2012 venue, with 79,000 spectators attending over 5 days. Nine events, including archery and power lifting, were held, as well as a driving challenge which organised by Jaguar-Land Rover, a sponsor of the games. The BBC reported that its research found the Invictus Games was one of the most appreciated programmes of 2014.
Prince Harry has said the recent games were about ‘inspiring people to overcome their challenges and raising awareness of the issues facing wounded servicemen and women on an international scale’ and that what was achieved was ‘nothing short of phenomenal’.
“I always hoped September’s Games would just be the beginning and I am delighted there is an appetite to build on the success of 2014 and broaden the concept in the future.” he finished.
Captain of the Great British Armed Forces Team, Dave Henson said that he is ‘absolutely delighted’ the plans are being put into place for games in 2016 and 2017.
“The impact on all the competitors and their families has been unbelievable and I can’t overstate how much it will mean for these games to happen again,” Henson said.
Sir Keith Mills helped organise the 2014 games, and is now chair of the Transition Committee who will assess the incoming bids and help select the next host with this new body.
Royal Central will keep you updated on the next Invictus Games’s progress.