Somali refugees in Sweden hit the ice

Ice hockey's big brother, bandy, will be demonstrated at Sochi 2014 and is already having an impact.

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    Somali refugees have usually had it hard enough by the time they arrive in Europe, and integrating into their new societies can pose further problems.

    But an immigrant community in Sweden is getting some help through bandy - a precursor of ice hockey played on a football-sized rink with a ball and 11 players, which is popular with millions of people across Scandinavia and Russia.

    And what started as a way to integrate immigrants into Swedish society could take Somalia all the way to the Winter Olympics.

    Paul Rhys reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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