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The Bandy World Championships are a competition between bandy-playing nations. (They should not be confused with the Bandy World Cup, a club competition.) The tournament is administrated by the Federation of International Bandy.

Although bandy has been played since the 19th century, the first men's world championships were only played in 1957, and the first women's ones were only in 2004. From 1961-2003, the men's championships were played every two years, but has since then been played annually. The WCS in 2010 was first cancelled,[1] but then Moscow agreed to organize it on short notice. [2] In 2014 it is planned to be played in Sochi at the same time as the Olympic Games.

Participating nationsEdit

For a long time, only four countries competed in the world championships: the Soviet Union, Sweden, Finland and Norway, with the Soviet Union as the dominating country. Since then, more countries have joined the tournaments, starting with the United States in 1985. The interest for the sport has spread to other parts of Europe, North America and Asia, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 also opened the way for separate national teams from the former states of that union. The latest number of participants are 13 for men and 7 for women.

With more nations competing, the championship is now played in two series, group A for the best 6 teams and group B for the next 7 teams. In each championship, the best team in group B goes into a playoff match with the team who came bottom of the A-group, replacing them if they win. If more than 13 national teams want to participate in 2012, a group C will be created. There will be no playoff match. The last team of group A is automatically relegated and the 1st team of group B promoted.

TV broadcastingEdit

The interest is biggest in Sweden and Russia. For a few times now it has been shown on Eurosport 2.

Bandy World Championships, menEdit

Year Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze Venue
1957 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data FIN Template:Country data SWE Helsinki, Finland
1961 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Norway
1963 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data FIN Template:Country data SWE Sweden
1965 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data NOR Template:Country data SWE Soviet Union
1967 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data FIN Template:Country data SWE Finland
1969 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Sweden
1971 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Sweden
1973 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Moscow, Soviet Union
1975 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Finland
1977 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Norway
1979 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Sweden
1981 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data URS Template:Country data FIN Khabarovsk, Soviet Union
1983 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data URS Template:Country data FIN Helsinki, Finland
1985 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Oslo, Norway
1987 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Template:Country data URS Stockholm, Sweden
1989 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data FIN Template:Country data SWE Moscow, Soviet Union
1991 Template:Country data URS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Helsinki, Finland
1993 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data NOR Hamar, Norway
1995 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data FIN Roseville, MN, United States
1997 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data FIN Västerås, Sweden
1999 Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data FIN Template:Country data SWE Arkhangelsk, Russia
2001 Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Oulu, Finland
2003 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data KAZ Arkhangelsk, Russia
2004 Template:Country data FIN Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Västerås, Sweden
2005 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data KAZ Kazan, Russia
2006 Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Stockholm, Sweden
2007 Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Kemerovo, Russia
2008 Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data FIN Moscow, Russia
2009 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data FIN Västerås, Sweden
2010 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data FIN Moscow, Russia
2011 Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data FIN Template:Country data SWE Kazan, Russia[3][4]
Upcoming events, provisionally planned
2012 Template:Flagicon Template:Flagicon Template:Flagicon Almaty, Kazakhstan[1]
2013 Template:Flagicon Template:Flagicon Template:Flagicon Norway[3][4]
2014 Template:Flagicon Template:Flagicon Template:Flagicon Sochi, Russia[3][4]
2015 Template:Flagicon Template:Flagicon Template:Flagicon Netherlands[4]

Medal tableEdit

Countries in italics no longer compete at the World Championships.

Country Gold Silver Bronze Medals
Template:Country data RUS
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Template:Country data SWE 10 14 7 31
Template:Country data FIN 1 7 19 27
Template:Country data NOR 0 1 1 2
Template:Country data KAZ 0 0 2 2

Bandy World Championships, womenEdit

Year Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze Venue
2004 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data FIN Finland
2006 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data NOR United States
2007 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data NOR Hungary
2008 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data FIN Sweden
2010 Template:Country data SWE Template:Country data RUS Template:Country data NOR Norway

Medal tableEdit

Country Gold Silver Bronze Medals
Template:Country data SWE 5 0 0 5
Template:Country data RUS 0 5 0 5
Template:Country data NOR 0 0 3 3
Template:Country data FIN 0 0 2 2

ReferencesEdit

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