Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Will Host Harry's Games; Capital to Stage 'Olympics' for Wounded Troops

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Will Host Harry's Games; Capital to Stage 'Olympics' for Wounded Troops

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Byline: Robert Jobson Royal Editor

PRINCE Harry has realised his dream of bringing the "Olympics" for injured servicemen and women to London.

The 29-year-old quit his job as an Army Air Corps helicopter pilot to spearhead the bid, inspired by watching members of Britain's Armed Forces taking part in the Warrior Games a sporting competition in the US for injured service personnel.

Today he revealed an expanded international competition for wounded servicemen and women, called the Invictus Games, will take place in the capital between September 10 and 14.

Competitors from the UK, the Commonwealth, America and other Allied nations will take part at Stratford's former Olympic Park and sites in the Lea Valley, with specially erected temporary seating for the public.

Speaking at the Copper Box, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in front of an audience that included Mayor Boris Johnson, Harry stressed the importance of supporting our wounded. He said the Invictus Games, which may be televised, would "have a longlasting impact" on those who fought for their country.

"I have witnessed first-hand how the power of sport can positively impact the lives of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women in their journey of recovery," he said.

"The Invictus Games will focus on what they can achieve post-injury and celebrate their fighting spirit through an inclusive sporting competition that recognises the sacrifice they have made.

"I am extremely proud to be bringing an event like this to the UK for the first time and believe it can have a longlasting impact on the well-being of those who have served their nations so bravely." The prince has himself been on two tours of duty on the front line and is still serving in a Staff Officer role in HQ London District.

He said he was driven to bring the event to an international audience by what he saw at the games in Aspen, Colorado, during his official US visit last year. …

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