A team of wounded Israeli military athletes will represent Israel for the first time this week at the 2023 Invictus Games for injured war veterans in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Britain's Prince Harry founded the competition in 2014 to honor wounded veterans and encourage others with the vision that sports can rehabilitate those who have suffered injuries due to combat.
While officially a sporting competition, the games are also intended to focus on the transformative personal development of each participant.
Idan Kaliman, the chairman of the Disabled Veterans IDF Organization, stressed the importance the Israeli delegation attributed to the international games.
"This is an unparalleled and exhilarating moment for us. The opportunity for the Israeli national team to be a part of the Invictus Games is deeply cherished," Kaliman said.
"Recognizing the significance of sports in rehabilitation, we've instituted sports centers in warrior homes, aiding them in refining their capabilities. Our anticipation is palpable as we participate in the Invictus Games for the first time, eager to witness our team's feats," he added.
Kaliman shared his appreciation and thanked Prince Harry for the invitation to compete in the games.
"Our gratitude goes out to Prince Harry for inviting us to these games – a vision he turned into reality. His commendation of the warrior homes as a global rehabilitation exemplar during the ceremony was a profound honor. This moment is emblematic of our shared belief in the critical role of sports in the healing journey. We keenly await our team's performance."
Israel has been successful in Paralympic sports.
In August, Paralympic swimmer Ami Sadaon won two gold medals at the Allianz Para Swimming World Championships in Great Britain.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.