LAUSANNE, June 22 – Today World Bowling is delighted to count itself among the eight candidate sports on the shortlist to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Already very popular in Japan, with millions of people bowling every year, the inclusion of Bowling in the Tokyo Olympic Games would bring a great added value to the event. The sport of bowling is universal, has an international appeal and is practiced everywhere in the world. As a sport that can be played at all levels, it is a lifetime sport that relates to a large part of society. Moreover, Bowling has been a unique catalyst to inspire millions of young players and female participation in countries and regions around the world where athletic involvement is limited.

World Bowling are even more eager to showcase their sport after this morning’s decision. From July 9-12, 2015 Tokyo will hold the World Bowling Open, an event that will showcase many of bowling’s best. The event features players from 70 different countries, a combined male and female event and a site-built arena for the finals.

World Bowling’s President Mr. Kevin Dornberger said, “Today is an historic day for our sport. It is an honor to be included on the first shortlist and we look forward to showcasing the best of bowling in the next phases. Bowling encompasses all the core values of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games, as a global sport we have the ability to engage with fans and supporters on all levels.“

For further information, please contact:

World Bowling Megan Tidbury, PR & Marketing Director

Telephone: +41 78 830 3651; Email: megan@worldbowling.org