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Senator Gloria Orwoba hangs out with Prince Harry at Invictus Games

By Winnie Onyando September 14th, 2023 2 min read

Nominated Senator Gloria Orwoba has embarked on a unique journey to the United Kingdom to participate in the prestigious Invictus Games, shedding light on her profound purpose and the exciting prospects it brings for Kenya.

The Invictus Games, founded by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, have gained international acclaim for their role in honoring wounded soldiers and restoring their dignity.

This year, Senator Orwoba has not only joined the event but is actively working to pave the way for Kenya’s involvement in the future.

Speaking to Nairobi News, Senator Orwoba revealed that her close friend, David Wiseman, the director of the Invictus Games, extended a personal invitation to her.

Wiseman’s vision is to recruit a Kenyan team into the games, and Senator Orwoba has eagerly taken on this challenge.

“I brought them to Parliament like two months ago, and then I spoke to the Minister of Defence, Aden Duale, and we are in the process of becoming members of the games,” Senator Orwoba explained. She hinted at Kenya’s impending participation, stating that Kenya will be part of the Invictus Games within the next two years.

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“I am working closely with the Ministry of Defence to identify the specific games we can participate in, as they offer a variety of sports,” she added.

In a remarkable development, Senator Orwoba had the opportunity to meet Prince Harry during her stay.

Notably, Kenya is set to collaborate with the UK to combat period poverty, reflecting the two nations’ shared commitment to addressing social issues.

The Invictus Games, held every two years, aim to restore respect and dignity to wounded soldiers. Currently, Nigeria stands as the sole representative of Africa in these games.

Senator Orwoba’s efforts are poised to change that, potentially bringing Kenya onto the international stage in subsequent editions of the Invictus Games.

These international adaptive sports competitions have previously been hosted in London (2014), Orlando (2016), Toronto (2017), Sydney (2018), and The Hague (2022).

The upcoming Games are scheduled to take place in Dusseldorf, Germany, from September 9-16, 2023, and in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada, in February 2025.

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