Four Questions About the Race to Gather Soldiers with Disabilities, Created by Prince Harry

“Helping the injured rebuild themselves”, This is the goal of Invictus Games. This international sporting event is prepared for soldiers with disabilities now or before. The fifth edition should have taken place in 2020, but has been postponed due to a global coronavirus pandemic.Therefore, this is done Held in The Hague (Netherlands) from April 16th to 22nd, 20 countries.

What are Invictus Games?

Invictus Games or Invictus Games is a multisport competition reserved for the military (especially the military and the National Gendarmerie) and defense civilians. This competition, which advocates sports reconstruction, will include not only soldiers injured in service and sales activities (external activities), but also military police injured in the performance of their duties, as well as soldiers affected by the disease. All disabilities, whether physical or psychological, are represented.

Held every two years in different countries, the tournament was created by Prince Harry in 2014 and is modeled after the Paralympics.Prince Harry took his clues from A US warrior game (“warrior game”) for American soldiers and veterans with disabilities. At Invictus Games, Prince Harry wanted to recreate the initiative with an international reach. The motto of “I am”, the motto of Invictus Games, is inspired by the last two lines of the poem. InvictusBy the English poet William Ernest Henry, who advocates his strength in the face of adversity: “I am the master of my destiny and the captain of my soul.”

How are Invictus Games organized?

The competition covers 10 areas: athletics, indoor rowing, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, weight lifting (bench press), swimming, wheelchair rugby, archery, sitting volleyball, and driving challenge (vehicle maneuvering test). .. Athletes are free to engage in several different disciplines during the same edition. In this year’s new work, the organizers have limited each soldier’s participation to two.

Each area is categorized according to the handicap category. Similar to the Paralympics, doctors carry out physical examinations to define each athlete’s category.

A preparatory course for athletes participating in the Invictus Games 2022 at the Defense Sports Center (CNSD) in Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne). Here, the archer is working on his technique with a coach.  & Nbsp; (Christian Mercy / CNSD / BCOM)

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three in each tournament. Since the founding of Invictus Games, France has increased the number of medals. In 2014, he had 20 charms (including 9 in gold) and collected 33 in the last edition of 2018, 14 of which were gold.

Which delegation represents France?

Since the founding of Invictus Games in 2014, France has always participated in this event. In this fifth edition, the French delegation has 14 athletes, including one woman. Of these 14 athletes, 12 will participate in the rally for the first time. In France, athletes competing in Invictus Games can be veterans or long-term illnesses, military activities, or even today outside the facility.

The French delegation of Invictus Games 2022 consists of 14 athletes, including one woman. For 12 of them, this is their first participation in this contest.  & Nbsp; (PELLIZZARO STEPHANE / CNSD / BCOM)

Athletes were able to prepare for this deadline at the Defense Sports Center (CNSD) in Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne). The center has all the necessary equipment such as an athletics field, gymnasium, weight room, swimming pool and even a climbing wall. .. If your army has a pool of physical trainers, don’t hesitate to call the French Sports Federation when you lack skills in a particular area.At the opening ceremony in The Hague, the French delegation will be led by Corporal Master Frederick *Chosen as a flagman.

What are your contributions to athletes?

“The Invictus Games are just a step towards something else, another competition in the army. (Military World Championship or Military World Games) Or for the Paralympics, or for another personal goal. “, Captain Erwan *, Head of Military and Sports Injury for three years at CNSD in Fontainebleau, explains.

Therefore, Invictus Games is the first step in the process of physical or mental reconstruction through sports. From the beginning, France built a system to support reconstruction through sports, from hospitals to competitions. “In France, we are the leaders in this kind of support in the countries of the International Military Sports Council (CISM)”, Point out the captain.A pioneer in sports for the disabled, but in the UK CISM and its support are often Paralympism.

“Our support is more global and is specifically intended as a vector of social reintegration through sports. Our goal is to achieve through physical activity, not high-level competition.”

Captain Erwan, Head of Military Injury and Sports at Fontainebleau’s CNSD

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“Whether they are still in the army or not, the devices will accompany them as long as they want. If at some point they no longer feel the need for it, our mission will be fulfilled.” He continues to be responsible for military injuries and the sports department.

“By participating in the Invictus Games, they can once again represent France after an accident or illness has put a brake on their career. Add Captain Erwan. And this is the source of their pride. Next, the message delivered through Invictus Games is “See what we can do. You can do that as you are in the rebuilding stage.” A powerful message for all soldiers “I touched their bodies. 70% of the injured who join the system suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome. “ The captain continues. in the end, “We are pencils that allow them to write their stories.”

* The name has been removed.