World Bowling, the unified international body for ninepin and tenpin bowling, has submitted an application for the sport to be considered for inclusion in the programme for the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympic Games.
The federation is one of 33 sporting organisations that have been invited by the Tokyo 2020 organising committee to put their sport forward for possible inclusion at the Games. Organisers in Japan can select more than one sport.
In its application, World Bowling outlined the universality of the sport and its ability to engage with fans across generations on every level of competition. The body also highlighted how bowling combines “top athletic ability” with “broad accessibility and high participation,” while the Games could help introduce the sport into new regions around the world.
In support of the application, the Japan Bowling Congress, the sport’s national governing body in the country, has collected almost one million signatures from people in Japan that would like to see bowling included at Tokyo 2020.
A final decision as to which sports will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Games is due to be made in September of this year.
World Bowling president Kevin Dornberger said: “World Bowling is delighted to have the opportunity to apply for the Additional Event Programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Bowling is truly a global game and will offer a high level of fan engagement to the event.
“Japan boasts a huge bowling community and we have their support behind us as we enter this pursuit. This is bowling’s time.”