NATO Trust Fund enable Ukrainian participation in Invictus Games
04 October 2017
Thanks to NATO Trust Fund sponsorship, Ukraine participated for the first time at the 3rd Invictus Games held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in late September. Fifteen Ukrainian athletes were able to participate in this parasport event for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel. 17 countries, 550 physically or mentally wounded servicemen and women participated in the games – paying tribute to the men and women who served their nations and to their supporting families.
It was at the Wales Summit in 2014, NATO-Ukraine Commission Heads of State and Government identified medical rehabilitation as one of the key areas for developing practical cooperation with Ukraine. A NATO Trust Fund on Medical Rehabilitation led by Bulgaria and executed by NSPA was subsequently defined with objectives to:
- provide UKR military (both active and discharged) and civilian personnel from the defence/security sector) rapid access to medical rehabilitation care and to longer term medical services.
- ensure the medical rehabilitation system in Ukraine system offers sustainable services to UKR military (both active and discharged) and civilian personnel from the defence/security sector
Part of the support provided to patients consist of enabling wounded servicemen and women to access physical and mental rehabilitation through sport like the Invictus Games. Team Ukraine remarkably opened its first participation with 14 medals.