World Bowling Partner with the World Health Organisation for the Virtual Walk the Talk

Lausanne, Switzerland (May 19, 2020)

World Bowling joined the World Health Organisation (WHO) to promote the health and well-being of people all over the world in the third edition of the virtual Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge, this 16-17 May 2020. In light of COVID-19, the 3rd Walk the Talk has been held virtually with thousands of people joining in from their homes around the world.

As a partner of WHO, World Bowling engaged in a range of online platforms with athletes Daria Pajak (Poland), Verity Crawley (England) and Aiko Itagaki (Japan) joining in to support ongoing efforts to promote ways for people to be healthier at home. The challenge encourages all of us to engage in activities that promote good physical and mental health, including hand washing, home exercises and solidarity messages.

World Bowling President, Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah said: “I am pleased to see our athletes’ involvement with WHO to support and encourage healthy lifestyles and behaviours, not only in the context of COVID-19, but as a long-term strategy for good physical and mental health.”

Janet Kincaid, Communications Officer, WHO said: “WHO is excited to have the support of so many wonderful partners and organizations in this first-ever, virtual Walk the Talk. We are especially pleased to have the participation of World Bowling and we hope our participants will enjoy the activities that have been offered to them as part of being active and staying healthy at home.”

Bowling is highly inclusive – a true ‘sport for all’ and can be considered a gender balanced lifetime sport being played by both men and women of all ages and abilities. World Bowling last year announced its recognition by the International Paralympics Committee (IPC) and World Bowling look forward to hosting its first ever Parabowling Championship in partnership with QubicaAMF in March 2021.