The open training for Invictus Games 2018 took place in Ukraine. Ukrainian veterans are preparing for the international competitions in Sydney. The military servicemen who sustained injuries in battles in Donbas will go to Australia in several months, in October. This was reported on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
The participants will spend this week in intense training.
From October 20-27, more than 500 athletes will be coming to Sydney for the Invictus Games 2018 competition. It will be the second time that Ukraine takes part in this competition.
The Invictus Games is an international competition in the Paralympic style. The wounded, sick and injured service personnel take part in this event. The Games were founded in 2014 by Prince Harry.
There have been three Invictus Games held so far — the first was in London in 2014, the second was in Orlando in 2016 and the third was in Toronto last year.
The sports played at the Invictus Games include athletics, archery, driving challenge, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling/road para-cycling, swimming, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby.
In Sydney, sailing will also be in the program.
Invictus Games 2018 will attract competitors from 18 nations who will compete in 11 adaptive sports events. The countries that will be competing in the Games are Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the US.
The national team of Ukraine will take part in Invictus Games for the second time. Last year in Toronto, during its debut, the Ukrainian team became one of the best among 16 participants, winning 14 medals in total, 8 of which were gold medals. Ukrainian participants took winning places in swimming, powerlifting, athletics, indoor rowing and archery.
Countries are invited to compete at the Games, but the key link is they're all military allies.
The Prince will be visiting Australia for the duration of the Games.
Earlier, Prince Harry posted a video, announcing the city for this year’s competition.
As it was reported earlier, the national competition for Invictus Games 2018 was officially opened in Kyiv on May 12. The competitions are the final stage of the selection of candidates for the National team, which this fall will represent Ukraine on the world's Invictus Games in Australian Sydney.