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Disney to host 2016 Invictus Games in Florida

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The Invictus Games are to be held at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando next year, patron Prince Harry has announced.

The event celebrates wounded servicemen and women from around the world competing in a variety of sports.

It is to be held at the theme park’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on May 8-12, 2016.

The Invictus Games drew more than 400 athletes from 13 countries – plus some 65,000 spectators – in its inaugural year in London in 2014.

Prince Harry said: “I had always hoped that last year’s games would be more than a one off. For me, the 2014 games were just the beginning of the Invictus story.

“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 of the next Invictus Games.

“I am delighted to announce that the United States has taken up that challenge and will host the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida.

“I can’t wait to see the American public supporting these inspirational men and women at the next games. And what better place to host such a great family event than Orlando.”

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