Prince Harry has officially launched the Invictus Games in the United Kingdom. The Paralympic-style sporting event was created for injured servicemen and women. The Prince was present for the announcement yesterday at the Copper Box Arena in London.
“I have witnessed firsthand how the power of sport can positively impact the lives of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women in their journey of recovery,” the 29-year-old said. “The Invictus Games will focus on what they can achieve post-injury and celebrate their fighting spirit through an inclusive sporting competition that recognizes the sacrifice they have made.”
According to US Weekly, Harry also expressed how proud he was to bring the games to the UK for the first time. He firmly believes the event will have a long-lasting impact on those that have served the nation. He first came up with the idea when he attended The Warrior Games in the United States (the U.S. version of the Invictus Games) last May. He said the event was such a good idea it “had to be stolen”.
The Invictus Games will begin in September. The games will include sitting volleyball, track and field, shooting, and wheelchair basketball. Prince Harry will be very involved in the games in an effort to take them mainstream.
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