Romania has been invited by Canada to take part in the 2017 Paralympic-style Invictus Games, the Romanian National Defence Ministry(MApN) announced on Tuesday. Romania will compete with a team made up of Paralympic athletes, wounded soldiers and war veterans. According to a press statement released by MApN, Romania was extended Ottawa's invitation to participate in the 2017 Invictus Games after a series of bilateral talks between Romanian Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc and Romanian Army Chief of Staff Nicolae Ciuca and their Canadian counterparts.
The Ministry of National Defence is said to have initiated all steps to confirm participation and register Romania's team for the games, and it will start the selection of athletes and complete the training strategy in the upcoming months at the Paralympics Department of Steaua Sports Club. The Invictus Games are an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event, created by Britain's Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing. 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 first edition of the Invictus Games took place in 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, United Kingdom. The 2017 games will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 24-30, with 600 athletes competing in 12 disciplines.