Against all odds, the Ukrainian team arrived safely in the Netherlands ahead of the Invictus Games.
“We are delighted to share the safe arrival of the Ukrainian team ahead of their participation in the Invictus Games The Hague 2020,” the Invictus Games Foundation’s Twitter account said in a statement on Wednesday, along with photos of the athletes. .
“They have been training for this event as part of their recovery for the past 3 years and look forward to being part of the Invictus community in person again,” the statement added.
The games were originally scheduled to take place in The Hague two years ago, hence the reference of the official title to 2020. They are finally set to start from April 16 to April 22 after being delayed and rescheduled several times due to the coronavirus pandemic. coronavirus.
For Team Ukraine, the journey to The Hague has been unfathomable as Russia’s deadly invasion of Ukraine continues and nearly 5 million Ukrainians have evacuated the country.
Tragically, four members of the Ukrainian Invictus community died in the invasions: Serhii Karajvan, Dmytro Oliynyk, Vladimir Motelchuk and Sergey Smilin.
“All were Warrior Games trial riders and competitors, and while not preparing for Invictus Games The Hague 2020, they were all extremely active in the international Invictus community on the We Are Invictus platform,” said said the Invictus Games Foundation on its website earlier. this month. “Participating in events over the past year including the Virtual London Marathon and Online Rowing Championships.”
At the time, it was unclear whether the Ukrainian team would compete virtually or in person, which makes Wednesday’s news so important.
“This is huge. There has been a lot of uncertainty, understandable, as to whether @invictusgamesua will make it to @InvictusGamesNL,” the veteran tweeted. JJ Chalmers Wednesday. Chalmers is a friend of the Duke of Sussex and an Invictus Games medalist and will make an announcement at this year’s Games.
“Thank you to everyone who made this possible, I can’t wait to get out there and see you.”
As the crisis in Ukraine continues, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have expressed their support for Ukraine, made donations to help people and media on the ground and supported aid organisations.
“Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same,” the royals said. in an announcement on their website in February.
Both Harry and Meghan will be present at the opening ceremonies of the games, which are due to start on Saturday.
The games hold a special place in the couple’s history, as the two made their first public appearance together (while already secretly engaged) at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.