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World’s long-time bandy leader reelected Russian federation’s president

September 28, 2016, 20:41 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Boris Skrynnik, 68, has also been at the helm of the International Bandy Federation since 2005

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MOSCOW, September 28. /TASS/. Boris Skrynnik, the president of the Federation of International Bandy (FIB), was reelected to take the helm of the organization for another four-year-term on Wednesday.

Skrynnik has been the president of the Russian Bandy Federation since 2009 and on Wednesday he was the sole candidate running for the federation’s head.

The 68-year-old head of the Russian Bandy Federation had also been at the helm of the International Bandy Federation since 2005.

Bandy was officially recognized as a winter sport competition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2001. However, bandy featured as a demonstration sport at the VI Winter Olympic Games in Norway’s Oslo in 1952 and FIB was officially registered in 1955 by four founding countries, namely Norway, Finland, Sweden and the Soviet Union.

The 2016 World Bandy Championship was held in Russia’s central city of Ulyanovsk starting January 31 and after battling all through to the final reigning champions Russia met there Finland and confidently defended the title beating the Finnish squad 6-1 in February.

This was the fourth consecutive and the tenth overall champion’s title for the Russian national bandy team since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Prior to that, the Soviet team won the title for 14 times after the inaugural Bandy World Championship was held in 1957.

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