Bowling Not Chosen by Paris 2024



LAUSANNE, February 22 – World Bowling learned this morning through an official letter from the Paris 2024 Olympic Organising Committee that the sport of bowling would not be put forward by the host city as one of the proposed new sports to be included in the 2024 Games.  Paris 2024 have instead named Breakdancing, Climbing, Surfing and Skateboarding to be their chosen additional sports to go through to the next stage of the process for inclusion at the Olympic Games in 2024.

Where previously the Organising Committee of the Games was given the list of IOC Recognised Sports with which to choose a shortlist of eight sports to proceed in the application process, this cycle’s process differed in that no shortlist was made and that all IOC Recognised Sports were at liberty to proceed in their application with no formal process being determined and no short list being announced. 

It is said that approximately 20 IOC recognised sports applied for consideration for inclusion in to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Having previously made the coveted shortlist for the Tokyo 2020 Games, it is with no doubt that World Bowling were very disappointed with today’s announcement. 

World Bowling CEO Kevin Dornberger says “it is with great regret that we learn of this news but we congratulate the four sports that were chosen.  Bowling has made a lot of forward movements in the past four years after having come so close to inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Games.  This news should not set us back and only motivate us to continue to improve the sport which we know has so much potential to succeed and entertain the masses.”

A delegation that comprised of four World Bowling members and three French Federation (FFSBQ) members met with Paris 2024 Organising Committee heads in January of this year to present the sport and their vision of what it would look like in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Paris 2024’s four additional sports proposal will be voted on at the IOC Executive Session following the Tokyo 2024 Games next year.

About The World Bowling: World Bowling is the governing body for the sport of tenpin bowling and heads 115 national federations from five confederations.  Bowling is played in the Asian Games, the Pan American Games and The World Games. 

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