Image from meeting where the delegation from FIB meets, among others, the Secretary General of the Beijing 2022 Organization Committee, Miss Han Zirong.

FIB delegation at meeting with Sports director of the organization committee, Mr Tong Lixin, and Head of sports and international relations at IOC, Mrs Irina Gladkikh.

THE WINTER OLYMPICS 2022 IS THE GOAL!

The sport of bandy has now appeared in the Chinese capital Beijing through participation in the "Beijing Winter Expo" fair.  Beside the fair, the delegates from FIB participated in many meetings with decision makers in Olympic Games in general and the Olympics in China 2022 in particular. The goal is to be included as additional sport in the Winter Olympics in China 2022.

FIB was represented by President Boris Skrynnik, Secretary General Bo Nyman and Knut Sorensen,  FIB Olympic Committee. Knut is the man behind the great investigation of the position of bandy among all winter sports. Various criteria have been used to compare the sports, such as number of performers, audience sizes, etc. Bandy is ranked second next to ice hockey when all criteria are combined. An important ingredient at all meetings conducted in Beijing was therefore to present Knut Sorensen’s survey showing the breadth of bandy in relation to almost all other winter sports. For example, FIB has 27 member nations today. The result was presented to the Organization Committee for Olympics 2022 and the China Olympic Committee among others. Bandy is well worth a place among the sports in the Olympic Games. Our delegation therefore held a number of meetings with the Olympic committees, China's Political Sports Board and the Organization Committee for the Olympics in 2022. Bandy also showed up with a stand at the Beijing Winter Expo Fair. Among other things, visitors were able to watch bandy on a small flared ice surface with Chinese bandy players.

The delegation also visited the cities of Chengde and Harbin. Women's World Championship is held in Chengde, China January 11-14 and World Championship Group B is played in Harbin, China January 28-February 4. The plans for these championships are currently underway.

The visit from the FIB and all meetings with various Chinese decision makers attracted great interest and the Chinese were very impressed by the presentations of bandy that were made. Each meeting was planned and implemented in about the same way. First, a film was shown that gave the audience a first picture of what bandy is, after which Knut Sorensen made a review of his investigation of the position of bandy in relation to other winter sports. The meetings ended with the participants asking questions and a general discussion.

For bandy, the aim is completely set to be chosen as additional sport during the Winter Olympics in China in 2022. A first recognition has already been achieved by bandy attending the Winter Universiade of Krasnoyarsk in 2019. There are participants aged 18 to 28, enrolled in College or University. Bandy will attend 6 men's teams and 4 women teams.

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