A report "Benchmarking as a Cutterbolt into the Olympic Wall" shows that bandy is the #2 winter sport in participation based on data from international federations. With high attendance at recent world championships in Irkutsk and Chabarovsk, bandy is the #2 winter sport in tickets sold per day of competitions. Bandy is the only major heritage sport not in the Olympics, despite being the National Heritage and Legacy Sport of Russia, Finland, and Sweden.
Hopefully this latest report encourages the International Olympic Committee to add bandy to upcoming Olympic Winter Games!
The original report can be found here: http://worldbandy.com/news/bandy-versus-the-50-olympic-winter-games-disciplines/