Invictus Games 2018 countdown launch: Prince Harry touches down in Sydney

Updated: 09:53 GMT, Jun 7, 2017 | Published: 05:35 GMT, Jun 7, 2017 |

Britain’s Prince Harry launched the countdown to the 2018 Invictus Games on Wednesday (June 7) in Sydney, marking 500 days until the event’s opening ceremony.

Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth and fifth in line to the throne, is a founding patron of the games established three years ago for wounded military personnel from allied nations.

Harry confirmed that Australia will host the fourth edition of the Invictus Games in October 2018, which will bring together over 500 athletes from 17 different nations.

The Invictus Games is the only international adaptive sporting event for the injured and ill service members and veterans.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described Australia’s servicemen and women, veterans and the nation’s Invictus Games squad members as “unconquered” and “unconquerable”.

As Prince Harry launched the countdown to the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, Mr Turnbull thanked His Royal Highness for bringing the games to the city in October 2018.

“It is as Prince Harry said, it is an opportunity to use the healing power of sport to help them rebuild their lives,” Mr Turnbull said.

The 32-year-old prince has started his two-day Sydney trip to launch the 500-day countdown to the 2018 Invictus Games for wounded defence veterans.

The prime minister also thanked Prince Harry for his “sympathy, for the condolences, for the solidarity you show us” in the wake of the latest terror attacks in London – with the most recent attack on London Bridge killing two young Australian women and injuring another two.