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Bandy succeeded in the Winter Universiade 2019! Bandy participated in the Universiade for the first time. Yenisei arena in Krasnoyarsk was filled with thousands of spectators with many matches in both the tournament for women and men. Bandy received a lot of attention and many who have never seen bandy experienced the sport as fascinating, easy to understand and filled with speed and drama. Many people in countries with winter sports find it obvious that bandy should be part of the Olympic Games. As you can read more about here, the bandy is the second largest winter sport after ice hockey, counted in participants.
After Oslo was awarded the Games at the IOC Congress in Stockholm in 1947, the Organization for the 1952 Olympics was established under the chairmanship of Mr. Olaf Ditlev-Simonsen, who had replaced Mr. Fearnley as the Norwegian delegate to the IOC. Mr. Ditlev-Simonsen was amongst a lot of things, a former bandy player with several Norwegian championships and national team appearances in his CV. It is undoubtedly due to his efforts, possibly in good cooperation with the IOC’s Chairman Mr. Sigfrid Edstrøm from Sweden, that bandy was elected to be a Demonstration Sport in the 1952 Olympics, for the first and so far only time on senior level.
Bandy will instantly expand the winter sports universe inside and outside the present Winter Olympic Universe. For the Sports Programs to become constitutive it needs to capture those sports in the geographies and demographics that actually involve in winter sports in a meaningful way. This is in the Sub Arctic Climate Zone.
The majority of the current Olympic Disciplines does not have Universal reach. Rather Winter Olympic Disciplines are driven by regional or national heritage, traditions in districts in the west. Real ongoing activity should according to the Olympic Charter (OC) capture the five continents (3rd and 6th Principles). In practical terms for winter sports, the OC 1973 edition said 25 nations on 3 continents. There were even dissimilar OC rules. New sports had to reach it. Those on the Programme got 8 years. Dissimilar rules do not align well in a competition. Most of them have yet not reached it.
The problem is, only ice hockey and alpine skiing have reached the 45-year-old requirement. Some have reached 2 continents, but still, there are 5 Disciplines that remain on one continent. In many of the leading nations in the west, winter sport on the snow is conducted in scarcely populated wintry regions, and not in the entire country.
Article by Chris Middlebrook
Philip Barker from “Inside the games” is a freelance journalist, has been on the editorial team of the Journal of Olympic History and is credited with having transformed the publication into one of the most respected historical publications on the history of the Olympic Games. He reported from Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, January 9-22, and wrote about the endeavor the sport of bandy has for participating in the Olympics.
In winter sports the practical approach would be to embrace the missing wintry geographical dimensions of the world. This missing link is Eurasia, key regions in the Nordics and to unleash the huge ice hockey and ball-sports potential elsewhere.
Bandy will clearly strengthen the Games. Bandy has real ongoing activity on 3 continents. Bandy captures the world heritage of ball-sports. Bandy will as an important heritage sport fill out the missing link in Eurasia, major regions in the Nordics and unleash the ice hockey and ball-sports potential.