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Melania Trump Trip to Toronto's Invictus Games Planned

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US First Lady Melania Trump waves during a Make America Great Again rally at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, July 25, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 28 Jul 2017 08:49 AM

Melania Trump will take her first foreign trip in September when she sets off to Toronto to lead the U.S delegation in support of 90 American athletes taking part in the Invictus Games.

The announcement was made on Thursday and Melanie Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, later confirmed that the first lady would meet with Prince Harry, who founded the event, during her trip, USA Today reported.

The Invictus Games was established in 2014 for veteran athletes rendered injured, ill or wounded while in service.

The inaugural event took place in London and featured over 400 competitors from 13 nations.

The second event was held in 2016 in Orlando, Florida, featuring over 500 participants and, this year, the 2017 edition will be held from Sept. 23-30 in Toronto, Canada.

According to the games’ official website, the event will host more than 550 competitors from 17 nations competing across 12 adaptive sports including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, a variety of track and field events and golf.

Speaking about the games, Invictus Games Toronto chief executive officer Michael Burns said the event would be a historic opportunity for Canada to pay tribute to wounded, ill and injured soldiers.

"This country’s non-military citizens actively look for ways to express their gratitude to our military, and the Invictus Games will provide an ideal forum for what we know will be an unprecedented outpouring of support."

In a media statement, Melanie Trump added that she was heartened by the success of the past two instalments of the Invictus Games.

"In just two short years, the Invictus Games have allowed thousands of injured and wounded servicemen and women from many different countries to participate in adaptive sports competitions – something that should be lauded and supported worldwide. I am honored by the opportunity to represent our country at this year’s games."

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Melania Trump will take her first foreign trip in September when she sets off to Toronto to lead the U.S delegation in support of 90 American athletes taking part in the Invictus Games.
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