The Nigerian Invictus team has applauded Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, for endorsing sports as a tool for the recovery and reintegration of injured Nigerian soldiers into society.

Team leader Ojey Bobby delivered the eulogy after watching the wounded soldiers play an exciting game of sitting volleyball with the FCT team, who are the West African champions.

at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, to mark the 2023 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration.

Bobby said the game shows the power of sports in recovery, noting that injured members of the military, including those who had their legs amputated in theaters of operation, now have a broader understanding of why they need to recover and adjust to your new lifestyle. .

“The game showcases the power of sports in recovery, through this we have a broader understanding of what our veterans go through and why they need to recover and adjust to a new lifestyle.

“Invictus Game is a foundation that cares for wounded soldiers around the world. Nigeria is the first country in West Africa and the 25th in the world to join the community. We are grateful to the Chief of the Defense Staff who gave his approval for these men to use sport for recovery.

“In the future, there are many games that CDS has agreed for these men in terms of opening sports activities for their recovery, which bodes well for them and there is renewed vigor in their life.

“Germany will host the next Invictus game in Düsseldorf from September 9 to 16, 2023 and we look forward to participating,” he said.

Speaking along the same lines, Invictus Nigeria coach Cheris Agoawuike praised the team for the performance despite losing 3-1 in three sets to Team FCT.

“It was a wonderful performance because they are only a few days old and they played against a West African champion. Sport is a tool for rehabilitation, integration and reabsorption in society”, said Agoawuike.

The Invictus Games, founded by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, is an international multi-sport event first held in 2014, for wounded, injured and sick men and women, both servicemen and veterans.