Birmingham is considering a bid for the Invictus Games ©Getty Images

Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward has confirmed that the city is still considering a bid for the Invictus Games.

The multi-sport event for injured members of the armed forces - which was created by Britain's Prince Harry - was launched in London in 2015.

There have been four more editions since then, in Orlando in 2016, Toronto in 2017, Sydney in 2018 and The Hague this year.

Ward previously hinted at an Invictus Games bid for Birmingham last year.

The city, which will host this year's Commonwealth Games, wants to put itself in the shop window to host major sporting events and has the target of staging eight big competitions by 2027.

A Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Business and Tourism Programme is already up and running, with the aim of capitalising on the event to create a long-term economic and sporting legacy in the West Midlands and the rest of the country, while bolstering trade and tourism links.

"We have an interest in possibly submitting a bid for the Invictus Games," said Ward to insidethegames.

"I think it would be a nice way for the city to say thank you to people who have defended our values and our democracy.

The Invictus Games is for injured members of the armed forces ©Getty Images
The Invictus Games is for injured members of the armed forces ©Getty Images

"The Queen Elizabeth Hospital here in Birmingham is where injured British armed forces personnel are flown back to.

"So we've got that connection with the armed forces."

The next Invictus Games is due to take place in Düsseldorf in 2025, with an edition in Vancouver and Whistler also scheduled for 2025.

Ward played a key role in bringing the Commonwealth Games to the English city, after serving as chairman of the Birmingham 2022 Bid Committee following the decision to strip the event from Durban.

Earlier this month, he was re-elected as Council leader following a challenge by Labour colleague Waseem Zaffar.

He won in narrow circumstances by 33 votes to 31.

For the full interview with Ian Ward click here.