Reconstruction by Invictus Games or sports for injured war

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5th edition of Invictus games It will be held in The Hague, the Netherlands from April 16th to 22nd. Sponsored by Prince Harry, this international sporting event brings together more than 500 injured or disabled soldiers and veterans in 12 areas.

Following London in 2014, Orlando in 2016, Toronto in 2017, and Sydney in 2018, Invictus games i’m back. This year, about 20 athletes from 19 representative countries will wear the colors of France. The rally was scheduled for 2020, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Modeled on the Paralympics

The first edition was released in the United Kingdom in 2014 when Prince Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, returned from Afghanistan after joining the British Army.Prince Harry was especially inspired Warrior gameThe US Army’s annual convention in California for injured soldiers.

Can be said Invictus games Similar to the Paralympics that set fire to Britain London 2012..Of the 4,400 athletes in 2021 TokyoA dozen of them were veterans in Afghanistan and were injured during the operation.

From volleyball to athletics, through archery, golf, wheelchair rugby, and even swimming, everyone will measure each other, continue to grow, and strengthen their handicap.

Invictus (Latin “not conquered”) is a short poem written in 1875 by the English poet William Ernest Henry, who suffered from tuberculosis and had to amputate his leg. This poem was also one of Nelson Mandela’s favorites. The poem ends with two symbolic lines: I am the master of fate and the captain of the soul »(« « I am the master of fate and the captain of the soul “).

“I only had the idea of ​​resorting in my head.”

Sebastian, whose stroke victim fell into a coma in 2001, was a skilled runner who achieved a considerable amount of time before getting into a wheelchair during a tragedy. For two years he had to learn to walk again before considering returning to athletics to rebuild himself physically, especially psychologically. In The Hague, we will participate in two athletics events, 1500 meters and 400 meters. From his stroke, he maintained the sequelae of hemiplegia on his left side.

“” A few months after the stroke, all I had in mind was the idea of ​​being reliable. It saved me. At first I ran slowly, but I was very proud and of high quality, so I had to move fast. I returned to the club, did a lot of training and started to get the podium at the French Athletics Championships for the Disabled. “, Confess Sébastien to RFI.

One day, an executive at the National Defense Sports Center (CNDS) in Fontainebleau proposed to participate in the Invictus Games in Orlando in 2016. Sport has given me strong morale and great willpower. Thanks to sports, I’m almost feeling better again. Today, people see me as a healthy person rather than a disabled person.In sports, I felt cherished He says. He was able to run 10 km with a disability 38 minutes (33 minutes before his stroke) and participated in the semi-finals of the French Cross Championship with a healthy person.

Forgotten history of global conflict

Them Invictus games We will also talk about global conflicts. In most cases, a distant war in which an injured soldier was amputated is invisible to us. In Afghanistan, 89 French soldiers were killed and about 700 were injured. In less than 10 years, 58 French soldiers lost their lives in the Sahel. Serval, then Operation Barchan..

“” In Orlando, I was impressed to see Americans and Iraqis rubbing their shoulders at the same hotel.Reminds me of Sébastien. When I knew what happened between these two countries, it was touching to see them looking at each other, without malicious intent, just sporty. “. In his closing speech in 2014, Prince Harry said: Invictus games It was also a competition. ” Where the two players choose to hold hands and cross the line, the arriving winner applauds and encourages the people behind “.