Putin sent greetings to all participants and guests in Irkutsk!
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)
I greet you and congratulate you on the opening of the 40th men’s world hockey championship.
It is gratifying that every year ball hockey draws into its orbit an increasing number of participants and fans of this wonderful sport. Such significant success is the result of consistent, responsible work of the International and National Federations.
And of course, an important role in the development and promotion of Russian hockey is played by our country, which regularly hosts world championships, strives to hold them at the highest level, to acquaint guests with different cities and regions of Russia.
This tournament will be held in one of the largest centers of Siberia – Irkutsk. I am sure that the organizers did everything to make it a real holiday for hockey players and numerous fans of this spectacular winter sports game, remembered by the bright moments of victories and triumphs.
Wish you all the best”.