The second day of Prince Harry’s tour in Brazil saw him visit the soon-to-be Olympic base of Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In Belo Horizonte, Harry was greeted by 2,500 children, eager to see the Prince, with crowds shouting: “Harry, Harry. God save The Queen.” Harry took a tour of Minas Tennis Club, the base set for the British Olympic team’s arrival at the next games; Brazil was based at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Harry was met at the pool by Carlos Rocha and gold medal Olympian swimmer Cesar Cielo, a member of the club of 73,000. Harry then started a swimming race, where Cielo agreed to swim the first leg for one of the teams.
The 29-year-old Prince followed the race by presenting swimming awards to youngsters. Mr Cielo said that Harry’s visit, along with Team GB’s decision to have their training camp there, was a landmark in its history. “It’s one of the biggest moments of the entire history of the project,” he said. “Great Britain has come off a great Olympic result in 2012. It’s an honour for the club to have such a great nation based here”.
Harry went inside the facility to play some sports with other youngsters. The Prince played in goal during a game of football, though had a clear advantage, due to his size and that of the goal itself! Later on, he had a go at shooting hoops in the local arena.
The next part of the day saw Harry meet with judo athletes and happily pose for pictures with those he met. The day was in support of the GREAT campaign, to honour the decision that Team GB had decided upon their training base for the Olympics.
Harry spoke with Greg Dyke, the chairman of the FA seen speaking with The Prince in the photo above, about England’s result in their World Cup matches. Harry reportedly said: “It’s really sad. The couple of games that I watched, I thought we played really well. It’s the best England team we have had for some time”.
This evening Prince Harry went to watch the Costa Rica v England World Cup match, where the teams drew 0-0.
Pcitures with thanks to @byemilyandrews, Royal Correspondent for The Sun