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President Iohannis, to Romania’s delegation at the Invictus Games in The Hague: Your strength inspires us and you have our full appreciation

The delegation of Romania which will attend the Invictus Games in The Hague was welcomed, on Tuesday, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, by President Klaus Iohannis, who told them that, through their participation at the Invictus Games in The Hague, they are proving to the world that they are true victors.

“I wished to meet you before your departure to the Invictus Games, which will take place soon in The Hague, in order to personally convey my appreciation for the sacrifices made, for the example of courage, dignity and loyalty towards the country. The competition that you are about to attend means much, much more than a series of sports competitions. It represents a proof of fortitude and perseverance in front of the physical and psychological trauma you’ve faced, but also one of trust that nothing can break the hope for the future. The wounds of our servicemen – harsh consequences of war – can never be healed, they still hurt. Despite the obstacles you faced, you decided to not give up. Your strength inspires us and you have our full appreciation, you and all servicemen, for the sacrifices made during the missions you were entrusted with. (…) You will represent Romania with pride and honor this time as well, and I am convinced that your motto – ‘It’s not the finish line that matters, but the starting line’ – will strengthen the spirit of camaraderie that defines you,” said Iohannis, at the Cotroceni Palace ceremony, according to Agerpres.

The head of state emphasized that due to the heroism of servicemen, their faith in the national values, Romanian citizens feel protected and live in a safe society. Furthermore, he showed that Romanian servicemen contribute substantially to the consolidation of the profile of Romania within the North Atlantic Alliance and the partnerships Romania is part of.

President Iohannis assured the servicemen participating in the Invictus Games of his support and handed the flag of Romania to the delegation.

According to the Ministry of National Defence, the Invictus team will depart on Thursday to The Hague to represent the Romanian Army in this year’s edition of the Invictus Games, which will take place in the April 16-22 period. After the editions in Toronto (2017) and Sydney (2018), this will be the third participation of the Romanian servicemen in the Invictus Games. The team will be made up of 20 injured servicemen. They will complete in seven sports, of which six individual sports (archery, athletics, rowing, powerlifting, cycling and swimming) and one team sport (sitting volleyball).

 

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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