2018 Women Bandy World Championship to take place in Chengde

Published 2018-01-06 00:09 | Author admin
        Women Bandy World Championship games will take place in the Summer Mountain Resort of Chengde from  January 8 through 14, 2018.  
        Bandy is Olympic Winter Games’ optional competitive event, and is incorporated officially as competitive event in World Winter Universiade, Asian Winter Games and World Youth Olympic Winter Games.
        2018 Women Bandy World Championship, sponsored by FIB, is organized by Hebei Sports Bureau, Capital Sports College, Chengde Municipal People’s Government and  Chengde Association of Ice Sports and Roller Skating, with joint assistance of Chengde Sports Bureau, Chengde Cultural Relics Bureau and so on. World powerful teams, including teams of Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, United States and China, will participate.
        The promotion game of bandy has taken place in Chengde for three consecutive years since 2015, which attributes to the successful cooperation of FIB, Chengde Cultural Relics Bureau and Chengde Association of Ice Sports and Roller Skating.
        Chengde bandy delegation was invited and present at FIB representatives assembly in Russia on Feb,2016, at which Chengde bade for 2018 Women Bandy World Championship, and it won the bid.
        As host and promoter of bandy game in the past three years, Chengde has better chance of hosting the game in 2022 if bandy is listed as competitive event or demonstration event in Olympic Winter Games, which is a promise of FIB. Hebei Province would have a second Olympic city when the promise comes true.
Presently, preparatory work of the World Championship is underway smoothly.
        Federation of International Bandy (FIB) is the international governing body for the sport of bandy, and it is organized by the committees of bandy-playing nations. There were over 40 national members of the federation as of 2017
        The Bandy World Championship is a competition between bandy-playing nations' teams. The tournament is administrated by the Federation of International Bandy.
        The first men's world championships were played in 1957, and the first women's ones were in 2004. A bandy tournament was held as a demonstration sport at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo. From 1961-2003, the championships were played every two years, but have since then been played annually. In recent years, FIB has been making efforts to introduce bandy into the winter Olympics as competitive event.
Origin and Rules
        Bandy, AKA hockey on ice or soccer on ice, originated in Europe in 20th century, and is popular in North Europe and North America. English bandy developed as a winter sport in the Fens of East Anglia. Large expanses of ice would form on the flooded meadows or shallow washes in cold winters, and skating has been a tradition. The first international match took place in 1891 between two teams from the Netherlands. The same year, the National Bandy Association was started in England.
        In modern times, Russia has held a top position in the bandy area, both as a founding nation of the International Federation in 1955 and fielding the most successful team in the World Championships. As of 2016 national federations exist in over 30 nations
        Bandy is played on ice, using a single round ball. Two teams of 11 players each compete to get the ball into the other team's goal using sticks, thereby scoring a goal.
The game is designed to be played on a rectangle of ice the same size as a football field. Bandy also has other rules that are similar to football. Each team has 11 players, one of whom is a goalkeeper. The offside rule is also employed. A goal cannot be scored from a stroke-in or goal throw, but unlike football, a goal cannot be scored directly from a stroke-off or corner stroke. All free strokes are “direct” and allow a goal to be scored without another player touching the ball.
        The team that has scored more goals at the end of the game is the winner. If both teams have scored an equal number of goals, then, with some exceptions, the game is a draw.
The primary rule is that the players (other than the goalkeepers) may not intentionally touch the ball with their heads, hands or arms during play. Although players usually use their sticks to move the ball around, they may use any part of their bodies other than their heads, hands or arms and may use their skates in a limited manner. Heading the ball results in a five-minute penalty.