MOSCOW — The International Olympic Committee is looking at a new winter sport, but don't worry, you won't need to know about it to enjoy the 2002 Winter Games.
That's because the sport, bandy, has only been given provisional recognition. That means it will be at least two years before it can be officially recognized, the next step toward a spot at an Olympics.
So how soon could the cold-weather sport be played at a Winter Games?
"Only the God of Bandy knows," IOC Director General Francois Carrard joked.
Bandy is played in Minnesota. It's most popular in the coldest parts of the world, including Russia, and is described as a sort of field hockey on ice. The name "bandy" reportedly comes from a Welsh word for a long, curved stick.