Prince Harry to Meet with President Obama
Britain’s Prince Harry will spend time with President Barack Obama in Washington DC today (28.10.15).
The 31-year-old royal is in the US to promote the Invictus Games, an international adaptive sporting event for injured military members, and he is expected to meet with President Obama at the White House.
Announcing the meeting, the White House called it “a sign of the enduring and special relationship that binds our two countries”.
Harry will also spend time with the First Lady, Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as they meet with wounded soldiers in Virginia earlier in the day.
They will visit the USO Warrior and Family Centre, built for service members, military families, and caregivers, specifically those injured in battle.
The Invictus Games will be held in Orlando, Florida, next year – from May 8-12 – at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, following on from the first event in 2014 which took place in London.
In a video posted online, Harry said: “Last year we held the first ever Invictus Games here in London. It was an event which focused the recovery of hundreds of wounded service men and women through support, but more significantly it inspired many hundreds more. The amazing British public embraced these games and its competitors as only they can, thanking them and the armed forces for their dedication and sacrifice.
“For every competitor last September, there are hundreds of others around the world who would benefit from having the same opportunity. I am absolutely delighted to announce that the United States has taken up that challenge and will host the next Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, from the 8th to the 12th of May 2016.”
The event uses the power of sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation, with more than 400 competitors from up to 14 nations expected to compete across 10 sports at the games including archery, cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.