Prince Harry has opened the fourth edition in Sydney, following similar events in London, Orlando and Toronto. The prince, accompanied by the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, a Games ambassador and three athletes, climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise the Invictus flag on the eve of the Games. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Prince Harry said those taking part had turned the games into a “symbol of… honour and optimism for a new generation”. “Be inspired. Get excited. Allow the example of service and determination you will see, to change something big or small in your own lives,” he added. The duke, who served in the Army for 10 years, founded the Invictus Games in 2014 with the aim of helping wounded service personnel and veterans with their physical and psychological rehabilitation.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan at Invictus Games in Sydney
The Duke of Sussex at the ceremony explained why Sydney was choosen: “We had three key criteria. First, it had to be an iconic city – somewhere known the world over. Second, it needed to be a city with a proud military heritage, which would welcome competitors from all over the world with open arms. And finally, we wanted to go somewhere where they are absolutely sports mad and would really get behind our competitors. It was an easy decision really – the 2018 Invictus Games are coming to Sydney.” Named after Invictus, Latin for “unconquered” or “undefeated”, the event was inspired by the Warrior Games, a similar event held in the United States.The 2020 games are scheduled to be held in The Hague, Netherlands.