Invictus Games 2025 to be held in Vancouver and Whistler

 

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, made the announcement at the closing of the games in the Netherlands.

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The 2025 Invictus Games will be held in Vancouver and Whistler, the federal government said Friday.

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Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who founded the games in 2014, made the announcement at the closing ceremony in the Netherlands and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted the news early Friday morning.

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The Invictus Games in The Hague were originally scheduled for 2020 but were postponed until this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The 2025 Games in B.C. will be held in partnership between True Patriot Love Foundation, the Canadian government, the province of B.C. and First Nations in Vancouver and Whistler, the government said.

“Congratulations to Team Canada and everyone else from around the world who competed at this year’s Invictus Games in The Hague,” said Lawrence MacAulay, minister of veterans affairs, in a statement Friday.

“We are all so proud of what our Canadians accomplished on the world stage, and we can’t wait to host the Games on home soil in three years’ time.”

The last Invictus Games to be held in Canada were in Toronto in 2017, so 2025 will mark the first time the international sports competition for wounded and ill military veterans will return to Canada. The games happen in a different country each year but were on hold during the pandemic.

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The games will feature alpine skiing, nordic skiing, skeleton and wheelchair curling as well as swimming, indoor rowing, sittingvolleyball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball.

More than 500 athletes from more than 20 nations are expected to compete. The Invictus Games Foundation is the owner and selects future host cities.

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart said he was proud that Vancouver will be hosting the games along with Whistler.

“I’m especially proud that the Invictus Games 2025 bid was submitted with the local Host Nations — the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in true partnership and commitment to reconciliation,” he said, in a statement.

Stewart said Vancouver’s infrastructure and venues are “second to none; and we will ensure the veteran competitors, their family and friends and the Invictus Games team experience all Vancouver has to offer creating a memory that will last a lifetime.”

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More to come …

—with files from The Canadian Press


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