Dear friends, dear sport fans!
I cordially welcome the athletes, the coaches and, course, the
spectators to the World Bandy Championship in Moscow.
This wonderful sport discipline, which is also called "Russian
hockey", is developing actively and is gaining popularity in many
This year teams from Russia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Kazakhstan, and
Belarus will compete for the title.
We are looking forward a great sport festival, beautiful, tough and
hard-line game between the participating teams.
The event will take place in the wonderful indoor "Olympiyski" sport
complex and on one of the arenas of "Luzhinki" stadium.
I'm sure that Moscow will duly welcome the participants and the guests
of the 2008 World Bandy Championship.
I wish the athletes good luck and sport fortune, and the fans of bandy
- joy and bright and unforgettable memories from watching the
competition between the world strongest teams.
Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov