Prince Harry shared an inspirational video with the competitors of his recently postponed Invictus Games on Twitter. The annual event was pushed back for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The royal patron of the games attempted to inspire and console those who compete in the adapted sporting competition for wounded servicemen and women.
The 2020 Invictus Games were scheduled to take place in The Hague, the Netherlands from May 9th through the 16th of this year. The event has been postponed due to the current worldwide health emergency.
The @WeAreInvictus patron, the #DukeofSussex, has released a video message to the #InvictusGames competitors recognising their disappointment at the news, but that it's the best outcome for their safety and recovery. #CoronavirusUpdate #IG2020 #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/SLbT7QOl7D— Invictus Games The Hague 2020 (@InvictusGamesNL) March 19, 2020
The organization released a statement saying that given the COVID-19 outbreak, they are postponing the event, and looking one year ahead to reschedule the games. They noted that rescheduling the games would be subject to the availability of key facilities and resources.
This decision was made in coordination with the participating countries and their local and national authorities to limit the impact of the pandemic on all parties involved in putting together and participating in the yearly sports competition.
The site also reported that moving forward with the games would pose a strain on the medical staff who normally work the event since they are urgently needed to deal with the pandemic.
Shortly after the announcement, Prince Harry shared a video on Twitter where he spoke about the rescheduled event and his hopes moving forward.
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These are uncertain times. And now, more than ever, we need each other. We need each other for truth, for support, and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary. There are so many around the world who need support right now, who are working tirelessly to respond to this crisis behind the scenes, on the frontline, or at home. Our willingness, as a people, to step up in the face of what we are all experiencing with COVID-19 is awe-inspiring. This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit. We often speak of compassion. All of our lives are in some way affected by this, uniting each of us globally. How we approach each other and our communities with empathy and kindness is indisputably important right now. Over the coming weeks, this will be our guiding principle. We will be sharing information and resources to help all of us navigate the uncertainty: from posting accurate information and facts from trusted experts, to learning about measures we can take to keep ourselves and our families healthy, to working with organisations that can support our mental and emotional well-being. In addition, we will focus on the inspiring stories of how so many of you around the world are connecting in ways big and small to lift all of us up. We are all in this together, and as a global community we can support each other through this process – and build a digital neighbourhood that feels safe for every one of us. We look forward to sharing more over the days and weeks to come...
The prince stated that it was incredibly difficult to make the decision, for both him and his staff, to shift the event one year ahead.
“Do what you do best, which is reaching out to other people—be it those who still wear the uniform, those that used to wear the uniform or just those people in your community who may be suffering or may be vulnerable during this period,” he continued.
Followers of the prince posted their own sentiments in the comments section of the post after viewing his video message. They agreed that the postponement of the games will allow the world to eventually heal from this pandemic and move forward into an experience that is positive for those scheduled to participate in and view the beloved event.
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In light of the #Coronavirus #Covid19 pandemic, the decision has been taken that @invictusgames2020 The Hague presented by Jaguar LandRover, can no longer take place as planned. Our intent is to reschedule the Games, subject to the availability of facilities & resources, to May/June 2021. We are all extremely saddened that the 5th edition of the Invictus Games can no longer take place in May 2020, but we know the wait until next year will be worth it. Continue to support each other all over the world, keep the Invictus spirit alive and stay safe everyone. ???????? Full Statement regarding the effect of Coronavirus on the upcoming Invictus Games is available on our website (link in bio)
“The only responsible action. Thank you so much, Harry, for all you do for veterans,” stated one follower.
“He’s a good man. I hope he realizes at some level just how many people are pulling for him & 4 Meghan. It takes a lot to walk away from much or all that you know & to strike out on your own. No member of his immediate family has really done that. W/Invictus he’s done a good thing,” remarked a second fan.