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2020 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP A

Ice Palace Baikal, Irkutsk

World Championship 2020 for the 8 best bandy nations in the World will be played in Irkutsk, Russia, October 5-11.

The tournament was postponed last 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.


ICE PALACE BAIKAL
Here you can see a Russian film about the arena and you can also watch live webcam from the ongoing construction. 


 

Under the arena a big parking garage for several hundred cars is under construction


THESE 8 TEAMS WILL PLAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP A IN IRKUTSK
Estonia – Finland – Germany – Kazakhstan
Norway – Russia – Sweden – USA


THIS IS IRKUTSK

Lake Baikal

Irkutsk is one of the largest cities in Siberia in Russia, located on the Baikal Lake shore in southern Siberia. Baikal Lake is the largest lake in the world by volume, and the deepest lake in the world with a maximum depth of 1 642 m. Irkutsk is a significant military city and seat of the Archbishop of the Russian Orthodox Church. The city is 5 185 km by rail from Moscow.

Irkutsk grew up around settlements established in 1653 by Ivan Pochabov for the collection of taxes from the locals. In 1760, the first road link was established between Moscow and Irkutsk, which contributed to rapid economic development. Trade with China increased.

620 099 people live in Irkutsk. Trud Stadium is an outdoor arena with a public capacity of 16 500 spectators. In 2020 the new indoor arena is ready to welcome the World Championships for men Group A, March 28-April 5.

Irkutsk is home town for Russian Superleague team Baikal Energy.


THE ORGANIZERS ARE ALREADY PREPARING FOR WCS 2021!

The World Championship Men Group A and Group B 2021 will be held in Syktyvkar. The Republican outdoor Stadium in Syktyvkar is waiting for a global reconstruction for the 100th anniversary of the Russian region of Komi. Below is a sketch of what the arena is supposed to look like!

The Republican Stadium in Syktyvkar 2021

Tournament news

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN OCTOBER!

4.6.2020

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 […]

Approvals for World Cup men and World Championship 2022!

12.3.2020

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 […]

World Championship moves to October!

11.3.2020

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 […]

FIB President on the development on bandy!

2.3.2020

The Federation of International Bandy is in a very active and exciting period. We recently experienced Women’s World Championships in Oslo. Right now the World Championship Group B for men is in progress, the play offs in the national leagues […]

Putin sent greetings to all participants and guests in Irkutsk!

2.3.2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a greeting to the participants and guests of the World Championships in Bandy! (As you know, in Russia the sport is called ball hockey)   “Dear friends! I greet you and congratulate you on the […]

THE ICE PALACE BAIKAL ALMOST READY!

26.2.2020

All the work with building the new Bandy Palace in Irkutsk is being carried out on schedule , there are no critical lags. Installation of sports lighting, multimedia systems is nearing completion and in the near future, builders will be […]

FIB ANNUAL CONGRESS 2020

16.2.2020

TO FIB MEMBER NATIONAL FEDERATIONS Federation of lnternational Bandy will have it’s Annual Congress during World Championship for Men, A-group, in lrkutsk, Russia. World Championship for Men, A-Group, will be held during March 29 – April 05, 2020. The Annual […]

TIME TO APPLY FOR ACCREDITATION!

12.2.2020

Journalists and photographers who wants to cover the World Championships for Men in Irkutsk has to apply for accreditation. You can do that via this link to the organizers in Irkutsk. NOTE – Apply for accreditations for Group B are […]

Game schedules ready for WCS Men

1.2.2020

Now the game schedules are ready for the World Championships for Men group A and B. Group B plays in different arenas in the Irkutsk region March 1-6. Group A plays in the new “Ice Palace Baikal” in Irkutsk March […]

“ICE PALACE BAIKAL” IS GROWING!

17.10.2019

Ice Palace Baikal is growing to be ready for the World Championship in bandy 2020 and the decision of the Group A. The tournament will be arranged in the Ice Palace from March 29 to April 5. For the first […]

Follow arena construction in Irkutsk live!

22.7.2019

The construction of the new indoor arena in Irkutsk, Russia, is proceeding according to plan. The World Championship 2020 will be settled here March 29 – April 5 and according to the plan, the arena will be ready in time. […]

The Arena Baikal construction on schedule!

30.5.2019

In March 2020 the World Championships Men will take place in the new “Arena Baikal”. The installation of the load-bearing wooden arches is planned to be completed in the end of August. There will be 12 arches mounted.  Now the constructor is […]

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