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Prince Harry confirms Invictus Games 2016

Britain's Prince Harry will be hosting the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, next year following the success of the 2014 event in London, UK.

The handsome royal is Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, which encourages wounded servicemen and woman to compete in sporting events, and he helmed the first ever event in London, UK, last September. Over 400 people took part and it proved such a hit that it's to be held in the US next year.

Harry has confirmed the news in a statement and shared how proud he is of the participants.

"As I've continued to work with wounded servicemen and women, I regularly see the power of the soldiers' stories to inspire others. For every competitor last September, there are hundreds of others around the world who would benefit from having the same opportunity. I wanted other cities and countries to look at the competition - what it meant to those taking part and those who saw it - and take up the challenge for the next Invictus Games," he said.

"I am absolutely delighted that the United States has taken up that challenge and will host the next Invictus Games in 2016. I have no doubt that the USA will set the bar even higher than London did and put on a great show."

The games will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, from May 8 to May 12. Just as many servicemen and women as last year will rally together to get stuck into ten sports, including archery, cycling and sitting volleyball.

Harry, 30, left the armed forces last month after ten years' service, during which he had two tours of Afghanistan. He described the decision as a "tough" one and spoke of how lucky he felt to have been a part of such a respected group for the last decade.

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