Nigeria gets Africa’s first entry at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games for wounde

By Nimi Princewill, CNN

Updated 8:52 AM EST, Thu February 9, 2023

The Invictus Games Foundation has formally invited Nigeria to take part in the upcoming Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023

Abuja, NigeriaCNN —Nigeria will compete in the biennial Paralympic-style Invictus Games founded by Britain’s Prince Harry for military personnel injured in service, the foundation said Thursday.

Nigeria will become Africa’s first participant in the games and will compete in a series of adaptive sports along with 21 other nations in the German city of Düsseldorf, which expects over 500 competitors for the sixth edition of the weeklong sporting event.

The West African nation was inducted into the Invictus Community of Nations last year, alongside Colombia and Israel.

“The Invictus Foundation has helped develop me physically and mentally,” added 30-year-old Antigha, who said he had initially been depressed after getting injured.

The Invictus Games Foundation has been supporting recovery programs in Nigeria

“Before joining Invictus, I had never heard of sitting volleyball. When I saw that I could engage in the sport without having to stress my limbs, I felt very great. Since then, my spirit has been high,” he said.

‘I can now take myself to the gym for upper body work. That’s something I haven’t done since I got injured.”

Antigha, who fractured his kneecap during a novelty football game organized by an army unit in 2019, said he was looking forward to meeting other injured servicemen from other countries.

“I want to hear their stories and also compete with them,” he told CNN.

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