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Prince Harry launches injured service personnel Games

Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 01:39

Mar. 06 - Britain's Prince Harry announces the UK will host the Invictus Games in September, a Paralympic-type sports competition for former servicemen and women inspired by the Warrior Games in the U.S. Joel Flynn reports.

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In the past he's been a prince known for his partying, but now Harry's making different headlines. The 29-year-old British royal was at London's Copper Box arena to launch the Invictus Games - a Paralympics type competition for injured service men and women. It comes after his involvement in the Warrior Games in the U.S. last year, something he said was a sort of source of inspiration. SOUNDBITE; Prince Harry, saying (English): "It was such a great concept by the Americans that it had to be stolen, it's quite as simple as that really. But I wanted to bring this inspirational event to a broader and more international audience, to increase the opportunity to others, for others to participate, and to inspire many more who have suffered life-changing injuries, either by taking part in the games, or simply by watching it at home." He was there with the UK Defence Minister and Mayor of London Boris Johnson. But it's the service personnel injured in the line of duty that were the focus. They put on exhibition games of wheelchair basketball and volleyball as well for a small audience. Captain David Henson led the UK team at last year's Warrior Games. SOUNDBITE: Injured Military Serviceman and Athlete, Captain David Henson, saying (English): "These games bring the story of life beyond disability, of overcoming fear and trauma, of redefining yourself. It is a story of rediscovering what it is to be a serviceman, with all the grit and discipline, and the confidence and spirit that this brings." More than 300 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women from 13 countries will compete in London in September.

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Prince Harry launches injured service personnel Games

Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 01:39