Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, has announced that the second Invictus Games have been awarded to Orlando, Florida.
Building on from the success of the inaugural 2014 Invictus Games, the Orlando 2016 Invictus Games will take place from 8–12 May, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Prince Harry made the announcement via video message and said he was delighted the United States has take up the challenge:
“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. I have no doubt that the USA will set the bar even higher than London did and put on a great show.”
The Invictus Games Foundation selected the US bid for Orlando due in part to the city’s outstanding sporting facilities and great tourist infrastructure, which make it an ideal host city for both competitors and spectators.
Paul Wilson, who competed in Archery for the British Armed Forces Team at the 2014 Invictus Games said:
“Competing in the Invictus Games last year was a life-changing experience for me and inspired me in so many more ways than I could have imagined. I am so excited the Games are happening again and will inspire hundreds more men and women around the world on their journey to recovery.”