Kevin Dornberger, the long-serving president of World Bowling, has stepped down from the role to be replaced by Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah.
Dornberger, from the US, had served as president of the governing body of bowling since 2007. He reached an agreement with Sheikh Talal, the president of the Kuwait Bowling Federation and the Asian Bowling Federation, to hand over control following World Bowling’s congress in Abu Dhabi.
World Bowling said that Dornberger would remain an “administrative leader for the sport”. Sheikh Talal will remain president of the Asian Bowling Federation, having held the position for 11 years.
Dornberger and Sheikh Talal reached their agreement a month before the congress, and none of the delegates opposed the latter’s election. The proposed change was communicated to all national federations through a letter before the congress.
The letter stated: “Over the past several months we have had discussions regarding the best way to forge a path for the greatness of our sport and our organisation. We agree completely that the entire bowling community must become united in our efforts: zones, federations and the bowling industry. We could only achieve our maximum potential by combining and targeting our resources on our primary goals.”