The World Bowling (formerly known as WTBA/FIQ) is the world governing body of the sport of tenpin bowling. It consists of three Zones, namely: the American Zone (with 27 member countries), the Asian Zone (with 37 member countries) and the European Zone (with 41 member countries) - 98 countries in all.
The primary role of the World Bowling is to regulate, popularize and promote the sport of tenpin bowling. It does this by sanctioning equipment and lane conditions and by establishing and monitoring the rules under which the sport is played in each of its National Federations. It also assists with the structure and development of its member Federations, helping to provide skills development and elite athlete pathways, coaching and officials accreditation and generally upgrading the skills of bowlers of all ages.
World Bowling is administered by the Presidium which is made up of the following members:-
President (elected during the Congress every four years)
1st Vice President (elected by the Congress every four years)
2nd Vice President (elected by the Congress every four years)
Secretary General (appointed by the President)
Presidents of the three Zones
One Delegate from each of the Zones (nominated by the Zones)
There are several Sub-Committees appointed by the President and the Presidium to take care of Marketing and Development, Technical, Tournament, Coaching, Women in Bowling, Rules and World Ranking. These committees and the Presidium meet three to four times a year, often via electronic communication.
World Standard Practices
Tenpin bowling has the greatest respect for fair play amongst all competitors and applies Doping Control procedures that are identical to those of the IOC in all its major Championships. All the Country members of the international body are also subject to these controls, by means of our global Doping Policies and are strongly encouraged to incorporate these policies within their own national regulations.
You can download Statues and Playing Rules (31st March 2016) and Anti-Doping Rules (Based on the 2009 World Anti-Doping Code). For more details of World Bowling, please visit www.worldbowling.org.