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Prince Harry plays in Brazil polo charity match

  

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Britain's Prince Harry is picture at the end of the match he played with the Sentebale polo team against the St. Regis, during the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in Campinas, some 120 km north of Sao Paulo, Brazil

ASHOK KUMAR RAI

SAO PAULO: Prince Harry hit the polo field for a charity match Sunday on his Brazilian visit, promoting his country as part of Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee year.


The 27-year-old, third in line to the British throne, played at the event in Campinas to raise money for Sentabale, his Lesotho-based charity.


Argentine player Nacho Figueras and Pakistan's Bash Kazi were on the opposite side and paid $50,000 to the charity to play against the prince.


Harry's team prevailed winning the match 6-3. Bash Kazi took a fall and had to be taken off the field by ambulance.


The prince's teammate, Brazilian Carlos Alberto Mansur, who had the sixth and last goal, said Prince Harry "is a fine player and helped me get the goal."


After the match they tucked into luncheon with hundreds of people at the event.


Prince Harry, making his first solo royal tour, flew into Brazil on Friday after visiting Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica.


Harry is promoting the "GREAT" campaign to promote Britain in its Olympic year and as Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years on the throne. Brazil will host the 2016 Olympics.


The prince also traveled Saturday to the top of Rio de Janeiro's famed Sugarloaf mountain and attended a samba school presentation.


He also took a one-mile (1.6-kilometer) run through Flamengo Park alongside hundreds of people who had signed up to join him at the event as he made his first trip to the country.


His traditional yellow and green Brazil shirt had the number 11 and "Harry" written on the back.


In the afternoon the prince took a cable car to the Complexo do Alemao, a sprawling favela that is home to 200,000 people which has been secured since police and soldiers stormed the area in 2010 to evict drug dealers.


Britain is the fourth largest foreign investor in Brazil. Last December, Latin America's dominant power displaced Britain as the world's sixth biggest economy.

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