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Saturday 30 August 2014

Harry's hopes for UK Warrior Games

Prince Harry during his visit to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery
Prince Harry lays flowers at the JFK Memorial during his visit to the Arlington National Cemetery
Prince Harry and Major General Michael Linnington salute during a wreath laying ceremony (AP)

Prince Harry has said he hoped to bring America's Warrior Games for injured servicemen and women to the UK.

Harry believes the spectacle of wounded troops competing against each other would attract spectators by the tens of thousands.

The Prince will help light the cauldron which will launch this year's Warrior Games - a Paralympic-style competition featuring injured servicemen and women from the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

Speaking at a Colorado Springs brunch, held at the United States Olympic Training Centre, for wounded servicemen and women and senior officials organising the Games, the royal said after meeting competitors last year he was determined to return and watch them compete.

Harry said: "I only hope in the future, the near future, we can bring the Warrior Games to Britain and continue to enlarge this fantastic cause.

"I don't see how it wouldn't be possible to fill a stadium with 80,000 people, not to watch Olympics, not to watch Paralympics, but to watch wounded servicemen fight it out amongst each other - not on a battlefield but in a stadium."

Speaking about the six-day sporting event being staged at Colorado Springs, the royal got a large laugh from his audience when he joked: "I hope this is something you will all take a huge interest in as your nation will be coming probably second, if not third, to the UK team."

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