12th October, Kuwait: The International Bowling Federation (IBF) has appointed Michael Seymour as its new Chief Executive Officer of the organization after the conclusion of the Congress on October 6th, 2023.
Seymour, who has been a member of the Executive Board from 2019 to present as President of the Oceania Bowling Federation: as the Asian Delegate from 2015-2019 and as the second Vice President of World Bowling after being elected in 2011.
An accountant by profession and a former Senior Finance Director for the Australian Department of Defence for 37 years, Seymour retired in 2012. Seymour has been heavily involved with the administration of Tenpin Bowling in Australia and with IBF over many years. Aged 66, married with two children, Seymour resides in Bali, Indonesia.
Newly re-elected IBF President, Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah said, "We are delighted to have Michael on board. He brings with him vast experience in the sport of bowling. We look forward to working with him in the next and crucial phase of IBF."
Seymour said, "My first priority will be to ensure that IBF is the respected and trusted federation it should be. To do that I'll ensure more transparency and accountability to all of our members and partners, including our federations, equipment manufacturers, proprietors and our commercial partners.
"I'll assist in any way I can to see a successful bid for the inclusion of Bowling in the Olympics, based on a strong governance structure. We need to showcase bowling's worldwide appeal and highlight the sport against IOC principles."
Seymour has been involved in countless international and world level tournaments as a tournament director. They include the 2011 World Women's Championships (Hong Kong), 2013 World Senior Championships (USA), 2017 World Championships (USA), 2017 World Games (Poland), 2018 World Men's Championships (HKG), 2018 Asian Games (Indonesia), 2019 World Cup (Palembang), 2022 World Youth Championships (Sweden), 2022 World Cup (Australia) and 2023 World Championships (Kuwait).
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.