Dear friends, dear sport fans
On behalf of the Ministry for Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation I welcome the participants, the guests and the organizers of the XXX Bandy World Championship.
Lightning speed, cunning, endurance and audience appeal - the combination of these qualities distinguishes bandy from all other sport disciplines.
Every year bandy gets more and more popular in Russia. Numerous fans fill venues to capacity, unified in their support of their favorite teams.
I am genuinely happy that the Federation of International Bandy has choosen Moscow for the jubilee XXX Bandy World Championship. Over the course of a week world leading national teams will compete for the medals of the Champinship at the marvelous indoor ice rink "Krylatskoe".
I'm certain thet the Russian team, while playing at home, will do its best to recapture the title of the world strongest team.
I wish the participants of the XXX Bandy World Championship willpower, sport fervor and well deserved success and the fans - spectacular bettles on the ice!
I wish you happiness, health and new victories!
Minister for sport, tourism and youth policy of the Russian Federation