36 Facts About Bandy


Bandy is a winter sport and ball sport played by two teams wearing ice skates on a large ice surface while using sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team's goal.

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Bandy's origins are debatable, but its first rules were organized and published in England in 1882.

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Bandy balls are either orange or more commonly nowadays, cerise.

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Bandy's early recorded modernization period can be traced back to 1813.

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Bandy'storically, bandy was a popular sport in England and in some central and western European countries until the First World War, and from 1901 to 1926 it was played in the Scandinavian Nordic Games, the first international multi-sport event focused on winter sports.

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Bandy appeared as a sport in all eight editions of the Nordic Games from 1901 to 1926.

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In 2014, the Four Nation Bandy tournament was held in Davos, Switzerland, as a centenary celebration of the 1913 European Bandy Championships.

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The International Bandy Federation was founded in 1955 and the first world championships were played in 1957 with the Soviet Union and then Russia consistently in a top position in the sport of bandy alongside Sweden.

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Bandy is generally a free-flowing game, with play stopping only when the ball has left the field of play, or when play is stopped by the referee.

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Bandy Playing Rules can be found on the official website of the Federation of International Bandy, and are overseen by the Rules and Referee Committee.

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Bandy is a fluid and fast-moving game, and a player's position in a formation does not define their role as rigidly as for, for instance, a rugby player, nor are there episodes in play where players must expressly line up in formation .

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Bandy players require protective equipment, some of which is designed specifically for the sport such as the bandy chinguard.

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Bandy was played as one of the sports at the Nordic Games, international winter sports events held during the first few decades of the 20th Century.

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Federation of International Bandy has had 33 members at most, each representing a country where bandy is played.

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Bandy was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee under the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations in 2004, and was played as a demonstration sport at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo.

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FIB president Boris Skrynnik lobbied for Bandy to be included in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, given Russia's prominence in the sport.

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Bandy made its debut at the Winter Universiade during the 2019 Games in Krasonyarsk, Russia.

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Federation of International Bandy usually arranges a four nations tournament every year between national teams from Norway, Finland, Russia, and Sweden.

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Bandy is the predecessor of floorball, which was invented when people started playing with plastic bandy shaped sticks and lightweight balls when running on the floors of indoor gym halls.

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Bandy has never developed a roller sport companion involving either inline skates or traditional roller skates, even if rink hockey can be considered to have some similarities with bandy.

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Bandy has never developed an organized skateless winter variant like the ice hockey variant, spongee, and does not have a parasport variant.

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China Bandy Federation was set up in 2014 and China has since then participated in a number of world championship tournaments, with men's, women's and youth teams.

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Bandy was played in Estonia in the 1910s to 1930s and the country had a national championship for some years.

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Bandy was introduced to Finland from Russia in the 1890s.

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Federation of International Bandy is planning for a major premiere for indoor bandy in Finland in 2023 with the venue taking place at an indoor arena in Lappeenranta.

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Bandy was played in Germany in the early 20th century, including by Crown Prince Wilhelm, but the interest died out in favour of ice hockey.

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Bandy has a long history in many parts of the country and it used to be one of the most popular sports in Soviet times.

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Bandy was introduced to the Netherlands in the 1890s by Pim Mulier and the sport became popular.

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Bandy is considered a national sport in Russia and is the only discipline to have official support of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Bandy talked, among other things, about the need to give more support to Russian bandy.

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Bandy was taken up as one of the sports at the international Nordic Games held in Sweden semi-annually from 1901.

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Bandy is most often played at outdoor arenas during winter time, so the need for spectators to carry flasks or thermoses of 'warming' liquid like glogg is a natural effect.

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Bandy has mainly been played as a recreational sport in Switzerland in the 2000s and 2010s.

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Bandy was played in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union.

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Charles Goodman Tebbutt of the Bury Fen Bandy Club was responsible for the first published rules of bandy in 1882, and for introducing the game into the Netherlands and Sweden, as well as elsewhere in England where it became popular with cricket, rowing, and hockey clubs.

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Bandy has been played in the United States since around the 1970s, after its promotion by Russians, Swedes and Finns in an exchange with softball, a sport which was promoted by Americans during the same time in the Soviet Union, Sweden and Finland.

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