In Videos: What is Invictus Games?

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With a viral video trending of the Canadian PM Justin Trudeau challenging his US counterparts and the Royalties of Britain for the Invictus Games, one wishes to know exactly the challenge is and how effective is it in uniting these three nations.

So, here's more about the games:

Prince Harry

Presenting the Paralympic stars

Did we say the games were a brainchild of the Britain's Prince Harry? Inspired by his own stint in the British Army, the prince launched the Paraympic-style muti-sport games for the wounded, injured and sick armed services officials. The sports categories include Wheelchair basketball, Sitting volleyball and Indoor rowing.

The games were launched on March 6, 2014 by Prince Harry at London's Copper Box Arena, which was the venue for 2012 Olympics. Inspired by the British team that participated at the US Warrior Games held in Colorado in 2013, the prince wanted Britain to have something of this kind of its own. So, with the backing of Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Ministry of Defence and 1 million pound from the Royal Foundation, the event was launched within 10 months.

The main agenda of launching the sport was to ensure that the contribution of the war veterans are not forgotten and that the disabled are shown a way to quick recovery through sports.

The opening ceremony

The opening ceremony was presided by Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Michelle Obama made her presence through a video. The 2016 games have been planned at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World, near Orlando, Florida, USA. And the 2017 games would be conducted in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The wheeling star

Britain's Prince Harry, left foreground, meets with Canadian athletes alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the Prince's visit to Toronto to promote the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto

The UK-Canada connect

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with Prince Harry during the Prince's visit to Toronto to promote the 2017 Invictus Games, which the city will be hosting, on Monday, May 2, 2016

The pout says it all

This image taken from a video released by Kensington Palace, London, on Friday April 29, 2016 shows President of the United States, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama on a video call with Britain

Reading it out

This image taken from a video released by Kensington Palace, London, on Friday April 29, 2016 shows Queen Elizabeth II sitting with her grandson, Prince Harry looking at an Invictus Games brochure

the team

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron smiles as he meets members of the British team attending the upcoming Invictus Games, at 10 Downing Street in London,

in a light mood

Prince Harry talks to members of the UK team for the upcoming Invictus Games 2016, at Buckingham Palace in London Wednesday April 6, 2016.

On the drive

Britain's Prince Harry sits in the drivers seat at the driving Challenge, the first event in the Invictus Games, in Gaydon, England, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.

A remarkable 2014

Close to 300 participatnts from 13 countries had participated in the games. Apart from Britain, United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark, New Zealand and Afghanistan also participated.

The sporting events included Archery, Indoor rowing, Powerlifting, Road cycling, Sitting volleyball, Swimming, Wheelchair basketball and Wheelchair rugby.

(P.S: Do not forget to watch the latest video by Justin Trudeau who challenged the US, UK premiers, threatening them with their levels of preparation. This is followed by videos from the First Couple of USA and finally to the British royalties)

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