Georgian soldiers are participating in Invictus Games 2018

Georgian soldiers are taking part in an international competition in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Ministry of Defence of Georgia, 18 Oct 2018 - 18:22, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian soldiers wounded in the Russia-Georgia war of August 2008 and other international operations are taking part in an international competition for wounded servicemen and women in Sydney, Australia, the Invictus Games.

The Invictus Games are taking place in Sydney from 20 to 27 October.

The Georgian team is made up of 15 athletes and is competing in six disciplines at the event: cycling, swimming, archery, a Jaguar Land Rover driving challenge, sitting volleyball and powerlifting.

The Minister of Defence Levan Izoria wished the soldiers good luck and stated that the ministry would support and root for them in the competition.

The word ‘invictus’ is Latin for ‘unconquered’ and “embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women”, the event’s site says.  

Established by Prince Harry of the British royal family in 2014, the games aim to recognise and support the achievements of service members who have suffered "life-changing injuries, both visible and invisible, while serving their countries".

Last year, the team from Georgia won the Invictus Games gold medal in sitting volleyball, and were awarded by Prince Harry.