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The International Bandy Federation (FIB) was founded on February 12, 1955 during the Congress in Stockholm by four founding countries:
The name was from 1957 “The International Bandy Federation.” At the Congress in Budapest/Hungary in 2001 the name was changed to “Federation of International Bandy” according to a request from IOC the same year, with reference to our approval as “recognized sport”. The acronym IBF was occupied.
Netherlands joined the FIB on February 22, 1973, the USA on February 11, 1981, Canada on July 6, 1983, Hungary on February 4, 1989, Germany on January 29, 1990 (in March of 1991 it voluntary left FIB), Russia on June 6, 1992 (as a successor of the USSR), Kazakhstan on February 6, 1993, Belarus on February 5, 1999, India, Mongolia and Estonia on July 5, 2002, Italy on October 26, 2003, Kyrgyzstan on February 3, 2005, Latvia and Poland on January 31, 2006, Australia, Switzerland, Serbia and Ireland on June 4, 2006.
The FIB goals are as follows: To promote the overall development of bandy in various countries worldwide; to carry on propaganda for the sports importance and advantages; to set up international competitions, rules of the game, and rules for player’s behavior on the ice; to arrange official world championships and other international events; to promote the introduction and the membership of new nations to FIB.