Federation of International Bandy

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Federation of International Bandy
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Formation February 12, 1955
Type Sports federation
Headquarters Söderhamn, Sweden
Membership 32 members
President Boris Skrynnik
Website www.worldbandy.com
World map showing the 32 FIB members
FIB, fully accepted by IOC

The Federation of International Bandy (FIB) is the international governing body for the sport of bandy, including the variant called rink bandy.

The federation was formed in 1955 in Stockholm, Sweden, and 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.[1]

The number of bandy playing nations have grown considerably in the last decades. There are 32 national members of the federation as of 2014. The newest member is Denmark.[2]

Purposes[edit]

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.[3]

Presidents[edit]

The following persons harve been presidents of FIB:[4]

Members and years of admission[edit]

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.

Country: Year: National Federation: Ext. link: National team, men's: National team, women's:
 Afghanistan 2012 Bandy Federation of Afghanistan
 Argentina 2008 Bandy Federation of Argentine
 Armenia 2008 Armenian National Federation of Bandy
 Australia 2006 Australian Bandy Federation
 Belarus 1999 Belarusian Bandy Federation  Belarus
 Canada 1986 Canada Bandy [3]  Canada  Canada
 China 2010 Chinese Ice Hockey Association
 Czech Republic 2014 Czech Association of Bandy  Czech Republic
 Denmark 2014 Bandy Federation of Denmark
 England 2010 Bandy Federation of England  England  England
 Estonia 2002 Estonian Bandy Association [4]  Estonia
 Finland 1955 Finland's Bandy Association [5]  Finland  Finland
 Germany 2013 German Bandy Association [6]  Germany
 Hungary 1988 Hungarian Bandy Federation [7]  Hungary  Hungary
 India 2002 Bandy Federation of India  India
 Ireland 2006 Bandy Federation of Ireland  Ireland
 Italy 2003 Federazione Italiana Bandy  Italy
 Japan 2011 Japan Bandy Federation [8]  Japan
 Kazakhstan 1994 Kazakhstan Bandy Federation  Kazakhstan
 Kyrgyzstan 2004 Bandy Federation of Kyrgyzstan  Kyrgyzstan
 Latvia 2006 Latvia's Bandy Federation [9]  Latvia
 Lithuania 2008 Lithuanian Bandy Association
 Mongolia 2002 Bandy Federation of Mongolia  Mongolia
 Netherlands 1973 Bandy Bond Nederland [10]  Netherlands
 Norway 1955 Norway's Bandy Association [11]  Norway  Norway
 Poland 2005 Bandy Federation of Poland
 Russia 1992 All Russian Bandy Federation [12]  Russia  Russia
 Serbia 2006 Bandy Federation of Serbia
 Somalia 2013 Somali National Bandy Association [13]  Somalia
 Sweden 1955 Swedish Bandy Association [14]  Sweden  Sweden
  Switzerland 2006 Federation of Swiss Bandy [15]
 Ukraine 2008 Ukrainian Federation of Bandy and Rink-Bandy [16]  Ukraine
 United States 1981 American Bandy Association [17]  United States  United States

Former members[edit]

Soviet Union 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.

Continental federations[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "About FIB". FIB. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.worldbandy.com/template1.asp?pageID=7

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