Prince Harry marked his latest commitment to injured troops with Thursday morning's announcement that he's creating a sporting event specifically for them. Speaking at the Copper Box arena in London's Olympic Park, he referenced the Paralympic-inspired US Warrior Games that he watched during his American tour last year, saying it was "such a good idea by the Americans that it had to be stolen." The launch of the Invictus Games also brought out Defense Secretary Philip Hammond and London Mayor Boris Johnson, who laughed and joked with Prince Harry after he participated in a volleyball game.
Prince Harry emphasized the importance of such events, saying, "Why do we need to do it? Well, to demonstrate the power of sports, to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and to demonstrate life beyond disability, and it really is as simple as that." He added, "It's not about winning or losing. The fact that the guys have got to this stage to be able to take part in these events, they've already won in my mind." This isn't the first time Prince Harry has shown his dedication to injured troops. At the end of last year, Prince Harry trekked to the South Pole for the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge, which raised awareness for members of the armed forces who were injured in conflict.