New Delhi: It may not be the greatest sporting spectacle, but when wounded soldiers from 13 countries gather in London for the inaugural edition of the Invictus Games, they will spread an enduring message – "demonstrate the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and demonstrate life beyond disability."
Around 300 competitors from four continents will represent Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Germany, Denmark, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States in the five-day competition. They will compete in nine adaptive sports – athletics, swimming, power-lifting, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, road cycling, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and archery.
The competitions will be held at many of the venues used during the 2012 Olympics, including the Copper Box and Lee Valley Sports Centre.
Named after the famous poem, “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, the Games were officially launched by Prince Harry on March 6. This international Paralympic-style multi-sport event was inspired by Warrior Games, a similar event held in the United States.
Wednesday's opening ceremony for the September 10-14 sporting event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will witness Coldplay's Chris Martin performing the official anthem.
With Agency inputs