Bandy will instantly expand the winter sports universe inside
and outside the present Winter Olympic Universe. For the
Sports Programme 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 do 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 snow is conducted in scarcely populated wintry regions, and not in the entire country. 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-sport. 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
Bandy is a team winter sport played on ice, in which skaters use sticks to direct
a ball into the opposing team's goal.
The sport is considered a form of hockey and has a common background
with association football, ice hockey and field hockey. Like football, the game is
normally played in halves of 45 minutes each, there are eleven players on each
team, and the bandy field is about the same size as a football pitch. It is played
on ice like ice hockey, but like field hockey, players use bowed sticks and a small
A variant of bandy, rink bandy, is played to the same rules but on a field the size of an ice hockey rink, with ice hockey goal cages and with six players on each team, or five in USA Rink Bandy League. Traditional eleven-a-side bandy and rink bandy are recognized by the International Olympic Committee. More informal varieties also exist, like seven-a-side bandy with normally sized goal cages but without corner strokes. Those rules were applied at Davos Cup in 2016.
Rink bandy has in turn led to the creation of the sport rinkball. Bandy is also 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.
Based on the number of participating athletes, bandy is the world's second-most participated winter sport after ice hockey.
Bandy is also ranked as the number two winter sport in terms of tickets sold per day of competitions at the sport's world championship.
However, compared with the seven Winter Olympic sports, bandy's popularity among other winter sports across the globe is considered by the International Olympic Committee to have a, "gap between popularity and participation and global audiences", which is a roadblock to future Olympic inclusion.