Bandy destined for the Olympic Winter Games!
Bandy compares well to the 15 current OWG sports
A report "Benchmarking as a Cutterbolt into the Olympic Wall" shows that bandy is the #2 winter sport in participation based on data from international federations. The report demonstrates that bandy command greater Universality, compared to most incumbent Olympic Disciplines.
With high attendance at world championships bandy is the #2 winter sport in tickets sold per day of competitions. In addition probability analysis suggest that bandy will facilitate higher than average spectatorship at stadiums.
Bandy is the only major heritage sport not in the Olympics, despite being the Continental heritage sport of North-Asia and National Heritage and Legacy Sport of Russia, Kazakhstan, Finland, and Sweden. The report highlight that the OWG is concentered to Europe, or Europe plus North America in terms of heritage sport on the Programme, athletes base and concentration of medals. This contrast the Olympic Charter that embrace five Continents iconized by the five interlaced rings.
Bandy scores 3rd on Continental spread of athletes and command better Continental spread of excellence than many Disciplines that essentially are West-European only.
The Olympic Charter explicitly promotes women in sport implementing equality of women and men. Bandy scores 4th on gender equality. Disciplines with high underlying women participation are better able to offer Events that fulfill the Olympic gender equality goal.
Fair play is the essence in sports, also legally and organizationally and with regards to governance of the Olympic Sports Programme. Following IOC reform Programme Agenda 2020, and modernization of the Olympic Charter, this latest report reassures the International Olympic Committee to add bandy to Games of XXIV Winter Olympics, 2022!