UPDATE ON PLANNED FIB TOURNAMENTS!
A decision will soon be made regarding the implementation of the planned World Cup tournament in Krasnoyarsk December 17-20. The decision will be published here on the FIB Website on November 1.
The decision will of course be made on the basis of the then prevailing situation with the Covid19 pandemic in the countries concerned.
The World Cup tournaments for women in Växjö, Sweden and Girls Y17 in Vetlanda, Sweden have since earlier been canceled.
Other international FIB tournaments in the coming season will be moved to March 2021. Information on exact dates will be published here on the FIB Website as soon as they are decided.
World Championship 2020 cancelled!
The Federation of International Bandy regretfully announces cancellation of the 2020 Men’s Bandy Championship Group A in Irkutsk, Russia, due to the Covid19 pandemic!
The Championship was scheduled to take place at the Baikal Ice Palace October 5-11 this year. It has been cancelled because of the Covid19 pandemic on recommendations of the Foreign Ministries of the countries taking part in this major competition. All the participating National Federations support the FIB’s decision to cancel.
The President and Executive Committee of the Federation of International Bandy expresses its regret at having to make this decision. FIB assures all its members and supporters that consultation and negotiations with National Bandy Federations and Associations, international health authorities, and the World Championship Organizers are its priority.
FIB President Boris Skrynnik says ”We will take every step to find a solution to this unprecedented situation. Bandy will not be beaten!”
SAIK Bandy first to the World Cup!
Sandvikens AIK, the elite club in Sweden, arranged the FIB World Cup for the past 11 years. The tournament was born in Swedish Ljusdal as a round-the-clock tournament back in 1974 and later the tournament was promoted to the World Cup. The first team to win the tournament in 1974 was Sandvikens AIK and when the tournament was played in 2019 Bollnäs GIF won the trophy after a final victory against SKA Neftyanik with 5-2.
December 17-20 this year, the World Cup will be played in Krasnoyarsk. Decisive for the tournament will of course be how the ongoing corona pandemic develops and what restrictions will apply in December.
Rafi Markarian is the club manager of SAIK Bandy and he explains why his club is the first to register for this year’s World Cup in Krasnoyarsk:
-After arranging the tournament for 11 years, we of course want to be involved even when the World Cup is decided in Russia. But we were unsure whether we would be able to manage the participation financially. Since then, of course, the Covid19 pandemic has also created uncertainty for participation. We have worked hard to have a healthy economy, we can not incur large costs. But now the financial conditions are so favorable from the organizers in Russia that we immediately decided to participate. Now the costs will not be greater than if we have a training camp in Sweden, says Rafi.
What will it be like to play the World Cup for the first time in Russia?
-It will be exciting to see and above all if the Russians can create the public success that we may not have fully succeeded in, says Rafi Markarian.
The World Cup will be played December 17-20. A time that Rafi thinks feels logical:
-Normally, the national team players usually go to a 4-nation tournament then. Now all our players get an experience to go to Krasnoyarsk and play the World Cup instead. It will probably be especially cool and useful for the younger players.
What can his SAIK hope for in the World Cup?
-Very difficult to say. We have lost a couple of great national team players and instead got some new good players. It will be exciting to see how we can challenge not least the Russian teams, Rafi Markarian concludes.
The majority of the participating teams will be Russian, just as it has been with the Swedish teams in previous tournaments. Six Swedish teams are invited. The ambition is to have the four best teams in Sweden to participate. However, it is currently unclear which Swedish teams will participate. Then the organizer will give Wild Cards to two more Swedish teams. One of the two clubs offered a Wild Card has also accepted the World Cup and it is AIK Bandy from Stockholm who this season has recruited a large number of international star players to fight in the top of Swedish Elitserien..
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN OCTOBER!
The Federation of International Bandy has now decided to hold this year’s World Championship for the 8 best bandy nations in the World in Irkutsk, Russia, October 5-11.
The tournament was postponed this spring due to the corona pandemic but will now be played where the spring tournament would have been decided. In the new Ice Palace Baikal in Irkutsk, Russia.
Russia is the reigning champion after the final win against Sweden in Vänersborg, Sweden in 2019. Then the final went to sudden death and Russia won 6-5 after goal by Almaz Mirgazov.
In this fall’s A-tournament the 8 teams that would have played in the spring will participate. They are divided into two pools. In Pool A plays Finland, Kazakhstan, Sweden and Russia and in pool B Estonia, Germany, Norway and USA.
The two best placed teams in pool B face the two worst placed teams in pool A about two places in the semi-finals. The two best teams in pool A go straight to the semi-finals. The final will be played on Sunday, October 11.
WORLD CUP TO KRASNOYARSK!
FIB has now decided that the World Cup for the club teams for men will be held in Krasnoyarsk this coming winter. The World Cup has been held in Sandviken, Sweden since 2009 but the tournament’s next place will be the home town of the Russian Super League team Yenisei.
World Cup in Krasnoyarsk will be played December 17-20 this year. We will publish further information here on the FIB website as soon as the details become clear.
INVITATIONS FOR THE FIRST TOURNAMENTS THIS FALL!
Now the first two tournaments for club teams for the 2020-2021 season have been decided. It’s the World Cup for Women and the World Cup for Girls Y17.
The Women’s World Cup will be played in Åby in Växjö city, Sweden October 23-25 and the World Cup for girls Y16 will be played in Vetlanda, Sweden October 30-November 1.
The invitations for the tournaments can be found on the respective tournament page below.
Russia World Champion Boys Y17!
Russia became World Champion for Boys Y17 in Lidköping, Sweden. In the final, Russia won by 7-2 against Sweden. It was very well deserved guys from Russia who won the final. The team dominated the match from start to finish and Sweden never came close. Russia continued its offensive play throughout the match and it never gave the Swedish team any chance to take control of the game.
0-1 (02) Vladislav Fedorenko, assist Mikhail Shirshov
1-1 (19) Rasmus Skarps, assist Ludde Bjernulf
1-2 (22) Artur Shelpaikov. assist Mikhail Shirshov
1-3 (41) Andrei Busygin, assist Ivan Brovkin
1-4 (51) Ivan Kondratev
1-5 (52) Ivan Kondratev, assist Vladislav Fedorenko
2-5 (62) Vladimir In-Fa-Lin, assist Måns Racov
2-6 (69) Andrei Busygin, assist Vladislav Fedorenko
2-7 (78) Vladimir Mikhalchenko, assist Mikhail Shirshov
Mikhail Shirshov, Russia and Vladimir In-Fa-Lin, Sweden
Tournament Boys Y15 is moved!
The World Championship Boys Y15 will be moved to a later date than planned. The tournament would have been played in Arkhangelsk, Russia, March 27-29. It will now be played at a later date for the same reason as the men’s World Championship. The problem right now with the spread of the corona virus around the world has created a concern even for these teams and the relatives of the players.
In order to be able to carry out the tournament in the best way for all involved, it will be played at a later date. Exactly when the tournament will take place is not decided yet.
Approvals for World Cup men and World Championship 2022!
FIB Technical Committee has approved that the World Cup for men’s club teams will be played in Russia this coming season. As a way to further develop the tournament, it will be played alternately in Russia and Sweden every two years.
World Cup has been organized for many years and played in Sweden. Several games were also played at night when it was held in Ljusdal. Due to too warm weather, the tournament was moved to Göransson indoor arena in Sandviken in 2009.
Russian, Swedish and Finnish teams have won the tournament over the years. The latest champion team is Bollnäs GIF from Sweden who won in Sandviken in October 2019.
The new order for the cup to be played every two years in Russia and Sweden will start with the tournament being played in Russia this coming season. The date of the tournament is not yet decided.
FIB Technical Committee has also approved that the World Championship for Men 2022 will be played in Russia.
World Championship moves to October!
FIB has today, March 11, decided to move the World Championship Group A, which would have been played in Irkutsk, Russia March 29-April 5. Instead, the tournament will be played in October this year at the same venue, the newly built “Ice Palace Baikal” in Irkutsk, Russia.
There is an uncertain situation around the world due to the corona virus and it has caused many people’s concerns about travel and to have cross-border contacts. There are a few weeks left to the World Championship tournament and FIB wants to make the decision now to ensure the completion of the tournament and to calm the concerns of the participating teams as the spread of the virus has created.
Mr Boris Skrynnik is President of The Federation of International Bandy, FIB:
–We do not want to take a chance with the World Championship. It maybe not would be carried out in the best way right now. We have already received the message from Kazakhstan not to participate, and we know that there are also concerns among other teams to travel far and socialize in large crowds. With this decision we will be able to conduct a good and fair World Championship tournament in Irkutsk, with the best conditions and with all the best teams. We want organizers as well as participating teams and supporters to have a World Championship that does not have the disruptive momentum that the corona virus is spreading right now. We think it is the best decision for everybody and for the sport of bandy.
The exact date for the World Championship in October is not yet decided. The next World Championship in the spring of year 2021 will take place as planned in Syktyvkar, Russia.