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Prince Harry brings Invictus Games for wounded vets to America

Prince Harry is bringing his Invictus Games for wounded service members to America.

Prince Harry is bringing his Invictus Games for wounded service members to America.

Prince Harry, during the launch of the Invictus Games last year in London.Max Mumby / Getty Images Contributor

Orlando has been selected to host the event next year from May 8-12 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the prince announced Tuesday through a video message.

London hosted the inaugural Invictus Games last September, welcoming more than 400 competitors from 13 nations in nine sports.

"As I've continued to work with wounded servicemen and women, I regularly see the power of the soldiers' stories to inspire others," the prince said in a statement.

"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."

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The success of the 2014 games led to the creation of Invictus Games Foundation, which manages the selection the hosts for future games and oversees their execution. Orlando won its bid to host the 2016 Games because of its "outstanding" sporting facilities and its "great tourist infrastructure," it said in a statement.

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"I am absolutely delighted that the United States has taken up that challenge and will host the next Invictus Games in 2016," Prince Harry said. "I have no doubt that the USA will set the bar even higher than London did and put on a great show.”

Harry released the news through a video message because he is currently in Africa, where he is working on wildlife conservation efforts.