Staff WriterFollowing his journey across the South Pole with his Walking With the Wounded team, Prince Harry of Wales has become inspired to launch the Invictus Games: an athletic competition based on the United States' Warrior Games. Announced Thursday, the Invictus Games will focus on enabling injured or disabled soldiers in a way that will promote morale and well-being. Having witnessed the Warrior Games last year, Prince Harry remarked on how the experience influenced him: "When I was in Washington in 2012 I met the small contingent of the U.K. team and hearing the stories that came back from the games really ignited something in me that made me want to broaden this to wider audiences." The young 29-year-old royal is excited about bringing a new incarnation of the Warrior Games to the U.K., stating that they were, "such a good idea by the Americans that it had to be stolen." "I have witnessed first-hand how the power of sport can positively impact the lives of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women in their journey of recovery," Harry stated. The Invictus Games will include events such as wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, archery, indoor rowing and more. More than 300 servicemen and women afflicted by illness or injury from 13 different nations will take part in the competition, which will begin in London on September 10th. The games will take place in repurposed venues from the 2012 London Olympics, and will conclude on September 14th. "The Invictus Games will focus on what they can achieve post-injury and celebrate their fighting spirit through an inclusive sporting competition that recognizes the sacrifice they have made." Jaguar Land Rover will sponsor the games, which will also be funded in part by fines levied by the government on banks, as punishment for manipulating currency rates. "I am extremely proud to be bringing an event like this to the UK for the first time and believe it can have a long-lasting impact on the well-being of those who have served their nations so bravely."
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