The first Invictus Games were held in 2014 in the sports venues of the 2012 London Olympics. The idea was met with enthusiasm! In the following years, more Invictus Games were held in North America, Australia and Europe. The number of participating countries and people as well as the number of competitive sports grew steadily. Join us on a journey into the history of the Invictus Games and learn more about the games on three continents!
10 – 14 September 2014
A Red Arrows flight kicked off the first ever Invictus Games, held in London from 10-14 September 2014. 400 participants from 13 nations competed in nine different disciplines over four days and filled the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – the venue of the 2012 Olympic Games – with guests from all over the world. The Games were celebrated with concerts by stars such as the Foo Fighters, Bryan Adams, Ellie Goulding and the Kaiser Chiefs.
Participating countries: 13
Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States.
08 – 12 May 2016
In May 2016, the Invictus idea leapt across the Atlantic. The second Invictus Games with 487 participants took place in Orlando in the USA. With tens of thousands of spectators, the athletes competed in ten different sports at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida. Celebrities from politics and society, such as former President George W. Bush and First Lady Michelle Obama, took part in the festivities.
Participating countries: 15
Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States.
23 – 30 September 2017
In 2017, Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary by hosting the Invictus Games in Toronto in September. For the first time, the 539 participants competed in twelve disciplines over eight days of competition. Toronto also hosted the first Invictus Games Relay, which spread the Invictus Games across Canada, reaching 32 military bases and neighbouring communities. The Games also marked the beginning of a legacy programme to promote adaptive sports programmes for servicemen and women in Canada.
Participating countries: 17
Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
20 – 27 October 2018
With more than one hundred thousand spectators, Sydney celebrated the Invictus Games “Down Under” in 2018. The 491 athletes from 18 nations competed in eleven different sports. During his address, Harry, Duke of Sussex emphasised mental health as key to recovery and how athletes inspire others with their stories.
Participating countries: 18
Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
16 – 22 April 2022
Due to the global pandemic, many major events had to be cancelled and postponed in 2020 and 2021. The Invictus Games are a sporting event that thrives on athletes, their families and friends and lively encounters. The Hague Games therefore had to be postponed twice and will now take place from 16 – 22 April 2022. The success story finally continues! More than 500 participants from 20 different nations are expected. We are looking forward to the Games in the Netherlands.
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Participating countries: 20
Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, South Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
Germany has been a participant of the Invictus Games since the beginning and was able to convince the Invictus Games Foundation to also be an excellent host.
In 2023, the Invictus Games Park in Düsseldorf will welcome over 500 athletes from 22 nations to the heart of Düsseldorf. Under the motto “A Home For Respect.” we will celebrate athletes from all over the world as well as their families and friends. On our way to the INVICTUS GAMES DÜSSELDORF 2023, there will be many exciting talks, actions and stories. Curious? Then check our website regularly, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media!
The Games 2023