Federation of International Bandy
|Formation||February 12, 1955|
Bandy as we know it today has been played since the later half of the 19th Century. Rules were set up in the 1890s by the National Bandy Association in England and by the corresponding body in Russia. The Ligue International de Hockey sur Glace (LIHG) was founded on May 15, 1908 at 34 Rue de Provence in Paris, France, at a time when bandy and ice hockey were seen as variants of the same game. The founders of the federation were representatives from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Switzerland and Bohemia (now Czech republic). However, as ice hockey became an Olympic sport while bandy did not, bandy only survived in some of the Nordic countries and Russia. LIHG is now the International Ice Hockey Federation.
In the 1940s, the Nordic countries Finland, Norway and Sweden set up a joint rules committy. In the early 1950s, the Soviet Union decided to break out of its isolation in international sport and started a friendly exchange with the Nordic countries.
The federation was formed on 12 of February 1955 at Hotell Malmen in Stockholm, Sweden, by representatives from Finland, Norway, the Soviet Union and Sweden. The federation has had its base in Sweden since 1979. The present office is situated in Söderhamn, headed by FIB Secretary General Bo Nyman. Boris Skrynnik is the FIB President.
When FIB was formed in 1955, it introduced the same rules for bandy all over the world. Especially in Russia, different rules had been used prior to this. Bandy World Championships have been organized for men since 1957 and for women since 2004.
The federation was named the International Bandy Federation (IBF) between 1957 and 2001. The current name was adopted at a request from the International Olympic Committee when the IOC made bandy a "recognized sport", since the acronym IBF at the time was already in use by the International Badminton Federation (in 2006, the International Badminton Federation changed names to Badminton World Federation and now uses the acronym BWF). In 2004, FIB was fully accepted by IOC.
The number of bandy playing nations have grown considerably in the last decades. There are 32 national members of the federation as of 2015, although the list at the homepage hasn't been updated since 2012. The newest member is Denmark.
In 2011, FIB formulized its purposes as being the following.
FIB vows to completely share the principles and articles of the Olympic Charter in its activities, including the policy with regard to anti-doping controls.
FIB wants to promote the development of the sports of bandy and rink bandy in the member countries and wants to carry on propaganda for the importance and advantages of these sports. FIB also works for bandy to become an olympic sport.
FIB declares itself to be an "independent autonomic mainsports organization which mainly is governing bandy activities all over the world".
FIB leads and supervises bandy and rink bandy around the world. FIB also sees as its job to settle the rules for the games.
One national member association should be entrusted by FIB with arranging an official world championship. FIB means that at least four nations must participate for it to be worth an event.
FIB also wants to promote the introduction and the membership of new nations to the organisation.
The following persons harve been presidents of FIB:
- 1955 – 1963, Gunnar Galin, Sweden
- 1963 – 1967, Allan Yungquist, Finland
- 1967 – 1971, Arne Argus, Sweden
- 1971 – 1978, Grigory Granaturov, Soviet Union
- 1978 – 1983, Pontus Widén, Sweden
- 1983 – 1991, Grigory Granaturov, Soviet Union
- 1991 – 1993, Carl Fogelberg, Finland
- 1993 – 1997, Staffan Söderlund, Sweden
- 1997 – 2005, Albert Pomortsev, Russia
- 2005 – 2005, Seppo Vaihela, Sweden
- 2005 – Boris Skrynnik, Russia
Members and years of admission
The federation was founded by the national bandy associations in Finland, Norway, the Soviet Union and Sweden.
The Soviet membership was taken over by Russia in early 1992, following the dissolvement of the Soviet Union in December 1991. For two months, the former Soviet Union national bandy team appeared as Commonwealth of Independent States, but the CIS was never formally a member of FIB.
When the international federation was founded in 1955, the Soviet Union was one of its founding members. The Soviet national federation was called the Federation of bandy and field hockey USSR (Федерация хоккея с мячом и хоккея на траве СССР). The Soviet Union had a national bandy team for men and an national bandy team for women.
The Asian countries in FIB have founded the Asian Bandy Federation, which has its headquarters in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This helps organize the bandy competition at the Asian Winter Games and tries spreading the knowledge of bandy in Asia.