Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.277 - 07 October 2016
Romanian team at "Invictus Games Toronto 2017"
The Minister of National Defence, Mihnea Motoc, and the chief of General Staff, General Nicolae Ciucă, will hold a videoconference at the defence ministry, from 12.30, on Monday, October 10, with soldiers wounded in internal or international missions, in order to invite them to be part of the Romanian team participating in "Invictus Games Toronto 2017".
The videoconference will take place in Bucharest and five other garissons across the country (the command of the 4th Infantry Division in Cluj-Napoca, the command of the 2nd Infantry Division in Buzău, the command of the 2nd Mountain Brigade in Brașov, the command of the 2nd Infantry Division in Craiova and the Fleet Command in Constanța).
As part of this project, soldiers will be encouraged to take part in the “Invictus Team România” irrespective of their disability along with their families, as they would be able to be by their side during their training and the competition in Canada.
The leadership of the defence ministry will brief the wounded and injured soldiers on the contents and specifics of the event and the main stages to be covered as part of the preparation and participation in the competition.
Journalists who wish to participate in the videoconference in Bucharest are expected to arrive at the defence ministry (Checkpoint 3, next to Marriott Hotel), between 11.45 and 12.15, on Monday, October 10.
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“Invictus Games” is an international sports event dedicated to soldiers who were injured/wounded during military operations at home or abroad. It covers several disciplines, adapted for people with disabilities: archery, indoor rowing, paralympic athletics and swimming, powerlifting, road cycling/road para-cycling, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and rugby, golf and hockey.
Invictus Paralympic Games are conducted based on some very strict criteria. Sportsmen accepted to participate in the games have to go through rigurous certification procedures, according to the paralympic standards, concerning both the overall health condition and the compatibility of the respective disability with the intended sport and qualifying for the respective sport event. The complex certification process is conducted through the paralympic section of the Sports Club Steaua, with the support of the Romanian Paralympic Committee.