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Bowling Pushes for 2024 Olympic Inclusion

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The quest for bowling to be accepted into the Olympic Games has reignited with World Bowling joining forces with to petition for the sports inclusion into the 2024 Paris games.

To assist the sports push, a dedicated website - - has been launched to mobilise bowlers and supporters from around the world.  By signing a petition and completing a survey, World Bowling aims to inform the Paris organisers of bowling’s global footprint and what the bowling community can bring to the Olympic Games.

With the sport making the shortlist for the 2020 Tokyo games to eventually miss out to baseball/softball, Karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, and World Bowling turned their attention to the XXXIII summer games in France.

With an estimated 100 million people around the globe bowling each year, the movement wants to hear from the bowling community.  By completing a quick survey and signing a petition, organiser Christopher Vale is aiming to gain 5 million signatures to show Paris 2024 that bowling is widely played and watched on all continents of the globe.  

World Bowling has given the movement the seal of approval.  To assist the push for the sports inclusion in Paris, World Bowling President Sheikh Talal M Al Sabah led a recent delegation from World Bowling and the French Federation to meet with the organising committee to discuss the possibility of the sport entering the Olympics as a new sport.

In a further development, World Bowling will invite Paris 2024 officials to attend the finals of the 2019 World Junior Championship in Paris on March 23rd this year to assist the sports chances of returning to the Olympic family after it was a demonstration sport at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

For further details on the movement or to complete the 3 minute survey and sign the petition, visit