The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London 2014. The idea of these Games is to use the power of sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation in all the wounded and sick servicemen and women. The Invictus Games Foundation has been set up to develop this legacy, and to manage the process of selecting the hosts of future games and oversee their delivery.
Prince Harry of Britain, as the patron and driving force behind the Invictus Games, recently announced that the next Invictus Games will take place in Orlando, Florida, USA in May 2016, at the Wide World of Sports Complex.
Prince Harry, in his announcement said he hoped Florida would set the bar even higher than the London Games, held in September 2014. Prince Harry also paid tribute to the competitors of the first games, saying “the competitors showed grit, determination and humour. They refused to be beaten or to be defined by their injuries – the Invictus spirit was born”
The Games were named after the Latin invictus, which means unconquered or undefeated. It is run in a Paralympic style multi sports event, with games like wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball being part of the sports played. There are also swimming events, and athletics that are part of the event. The first Invictus Games were attended by three hundred athletes from fourteen different countries.
Betting on Sports Events
Sports betting is the activity of predicting the results of certain games or sports, and placing a wager on the outcome. People have been betting on all sorts of activities over the years, and have always shown a particular fondness for this type of entertainment.
There is the simple type of betting, such as betting with a friend that one’s favourite football team will win, and there is the NZ sports betting done through a bookmaker or various sports books, as can be done at these multi sports games.
This type of betting has increased hugely over the years and become a profitable business. Care should always be taken in the choice of an online betting site, and one chosen for user friendly customer service and ease of placing bets, making funds available, and also withdrawing any winnings. In addition man online sports books provide a multitude of promotions and bonuses, and for this reason many players are choosing to place their bets online.
Being able to speculate on all possible sports events online, at one’s own convenience, gives all players a great degree of freedom that is greatly appreciated by everyone interested in sports wagering.
Invictus Games will be Part of a Great Experience
The United States bid for the games to be held in Orlando was won thanks to the great interest taken by Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden, and also to the city’s outstanding sporting facilities and great tourist infrastructure.
It will be an ideal host city for both the athletes and spectators. The games will take place from May 8 to 12 2016. The multi sports Invictus Games will have the following aim, according to Prince Harry – the Invictus Games seek to change perceptions of physical and mental injury, and to break down the barriers like posttraumatic stress as well as the barrier of physical injury.