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World Tenpin Bowling Championships best in generating tourism value

2011WTBALogo_small.jpgA recent study by TSE Consulting has shown that the World Bowling Championships is capable of generating one of the highest return of investment in tourism value for a host city organizing a World Championship event. On average the event generates one of the highest return in tourism income compared to other World Championship events. The only sport that eclipsed Bowling in this respect was Triathlon according to a study that was conducted on a selection of World Championship events for a leading sports city.



World Tenpin Bowling Association holds its first WTBA / Special Olympics event

PBA stars Koivuniemi, Rash bowl two games with eight Nevada Special Olympic athletes


In conjunction with the WTBA International Open at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., the World Tenpin Bowling Association, tenpin bowling's governing body, held its first WTBA / Special Olympics event on Monday afternoon, Jan. 30. The event, which is part of the WTBA agreement with Special Olympics, featured PBA stars Mika Koivuniemi and Sean Rash and eight Nevada Special Olympic athletes. WTBA President Kevin Dornberger emceed the event.

World News


Kevin Dornberger voted Person of the Year by Bowlers Journal International

Focused on Bowling’s Visibility Issue; Is the WBT our sport's ticket to the Olympic Games? By Bob Johnson (Republished courtesy of BJI December 2011)

2011WTBAPresidentKevinDornberger2_small.jpgWTBA and FIQ President, Kevin Dornberger (pictured) has been selected as Person of the Year by Bowlers Journal International. On the short list of those to be considered for BJI Person of the Year honors were BPAA Executive Director Steve Johnson, Teen Masters promoter Gary Beck, Ebonite International CEO Randy Schickert, and Stu Upson, Executive Director of the United States Bowling Congress. To read how Dornberger moved to the top of the list for BJI's 2011 Person of the Year honors

FIQ News


Hong Kong's Vivien Lau appointed FIQ Secretary General


Following the reorganization of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) at the recent congress in Hong Kong, newly elected FIQ President, Kevin Dornberger, has appointed Ms Vivien Lau (pictured) as the FIQ secretary general. Ms Lau, who was recently awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) for her contributions in the development of tenpin bowling both locally and internationally and for sports in Hong Kong, was elected chairman of the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress in 1986, a position she currently holds.

FIQ News


FIQ Congress votes to approve major reorganization

WTBA President Kevin Dornberger elected as FIQ president; WNBA president Ludwig Kocsis becomes the new FIQ Vice president

2011WTBAFIQPresidentKevinDornberger_small.jpgThe Federation Internationale des Quilleurs Congress approved a major reorganization Tuesday, paving the way for the World Tenpin Bowling Association and World Ninepin Bowling Association to have complete control over every aspect of their respective sports. The reorganization streamlines the governance of international bowling by FIQ, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the sport's world governing body. WTBA President Kevin Dornberger (pictured) was elected as the new president of FIQ for a four-year term.



WTBA Congress re-elects Kevin Dornberger president

Newly created WTBA World Singles Championships to be held in Cyprus in 2012


Kevin Dornberger of the United States was re-elected president of the World Tenpin Bowling Association Monday for a second four-year term by the WTBA Congress. The election was one of several major announcements and decisions made by representatives of 90 bowling federations in Hong Kong, China. In addition to the presidential election, it was announced that Brunswick would offer $50,000 in matching funds to the WTBA for worldwide youth development. The first WTBA World Singles Championships will be held in Cyprus in 2012.



WTBA signs proclamation of mutual support with Special Olympics

2011WTBASpecialOlympicsPressCoference_small.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association has become the first international federation to sign a proclamation of mutual support with Special Olympics International. The agreement includes a Special Olympics event to be held in conjunction with the 2011 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Women's Championships in late August in Hong Kong. In addition, the proclamation sets the stage for helping recruit coaches to train Special Olympics athletes.



WTBA to hold Symposium on Anti-Doping and Sport Science Support in Hong Kong

First of a series of educational seminars for athletes, coaches and officials scheduled for Sept. 1

2011WTBALogo_small.jpg The World Tenpin Bowling Association has informed its member federations that WTBA will be conducting a Symposium on Anti-Doping and Sport Science Support during the 2011 Women's World Championships in Hong Kong. This symposium is the first of a series of educational seminars for bowling athletes, coaches and officials and is free of charge for all participants. It will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. through 5.30 p.m. in the auditorium of E-Max Mall in Kowloon Bay.



WTBA Congress 2011 scheduled for September 12 and 14 in Hong Kong

WTBA Presidium to propose Singles World Championship starting in 2012; Host wanted!

2011WTBALogo_small.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association has announced the dates for the WTBA and FIQ Congresses. The WTBA Congress will be held September 12 and 14, 2011 in Hong Kong with the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) Congress will be held on Sept. 13. Both events will follow immediately to the Women's World Championships.At the 2011 WTBA Congress, the WTBA Presidium will propose to install a Singles World Championship starting in 2012.



Kegel named Official Lane Maintenance Provider of WTBA World Championship events

2011KegelLogo_small.jpgKegel partners with the World Tenpin Bowling Association to provide lane maintenance for all WTBA World Championship tournaments through 2014. Since 1995, the WTBA World Championships have been using Kegel equipment, chemicals, and technical staff during their events. Chris Chartrand, Kegel President, and Kevin Dornberger, WTBA President, have now joined together to extend their partnership for an additional three years.



Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress appeal to CAS dismissed

2011 WWC will be held from Sept. 2-11, 2011 in Hong Kong, China

2011WTBALogo_small.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) has informed that an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) regarding the WTBA Presidium decision WTBA Presidium decision to withdraw the 2011 Women's World Championships from Malaysia has been dismissed. The CAS decision was issued on Tuesday, Feb. 22 resulting in another a financial fiasco for the MTBC and its 76-year-old MTBC president Ponkuchamy Satkuna Nathan.

World News


An Interview with World Tenpin Bowling Association President, Kevin Dornberger

2010MWCWTBAPresidentKevinDornberger_small.jpgAs reported yesterday the WTBA presidium has awarded the 2013 combined World Championships to Henderson, Nev., United States. In an interview with editor Herbert Bickel, WTBA President Kevin Dornberger (pictured) spoke about the advantages Henderson offers to our sport; the reorganization of the WTBA and the obstacles to become a professional organization; the upcoming World Bowling Tour in 2011; and a "global industry initiative".

2010 BWC


Review Bowlingdigital's Live Coverage of the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

Bowling de Provence in Toulon, France (Oct. 15-24, 2010)

2010BWCTop3MenWomen_small.jpgCanada's Michael Schmidt and Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic claimed the men's and women's titles in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup which was contested from Oct. 15-23, 2010 at Bowling de Provence in Toulon, France. Matt Miller, England and Gye Min-Young, Korea earned the silver medals while Biboy Rivera, Philippines and Fiona Banks, England took bronze. England has won the Bent Pedersen trophy for the top nation in the tournament.

New!!!!! 2010 BWC Video #4


Slow Motion Studies (Men's Qualifying and Round of 24)

Now in High Definition

2010EBT05V07PBAProsSlomo_small.jpg Extreme high definition slow-motion studies of strike balls filmed during the Men's Qualifying Block Three and the Round of 24 at the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Toulon, France featuring John Szczerbinski, United States; Francois Louw, South Africa; Matt Miller, England; William Ching, Venezuela; Roberto Silva, Mexico; Mads Sandbækken, Norway; Achim Grabowski, Germany; Or Aviram, Israel; James Kelly, New Zealand; and Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine.

2010 BWC


Michael Schmidt captures his second QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup title

Defeats No. 1 seed Matt Miller in the men's title match, 2-1, after being down 0-1

2010BWCMenTop3_small.jpg2010BWCChampionMichaelSchmidt2_small.jpg2005 champion and last year's runner-up Michael Schmidt, Canada, won his second title in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World when he defeated top seeded Matt Miller, England in best-of-three games format, two-games-to-one. Schmidt, the No. 2 seed, swept Biboy Rivera, Philippines in the opening match. England (Miller and Fiona Banks) won the trophy for the top country.

2010 BWC


It's down to three in 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

The trophy for the top country goes to England

2010BWCMattMiller2_small.jpg2010BWCGyeMinYoung_small.jpgMatt Miller (left), England, Michael Schmidt, Canada and Biboy Rivera, Philippines on the men's side and Gye Min-Young (right), Korea, Fiona Banks, England and Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic on the women's side will bowl for the titles in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Toulon, France on Saturday. With Miller and Banks in the finals, the Bent Petersen trophy for top country goes to England. Live Streaming of the Stepladder finals starts at 10am.

2010 BWC


Matt Miller shoots big numbers to overtake the lead in 46th QubicaAMF World Cup

Rivera defeats Louw in roll-off for the last spot in Men's Round of 8

2010BWCMattMiller3_small.jpg2010BWCJohnSzczerbinski3_small.jpgMatt Miller (l.), England, posted some big numbers in the men's Round of 24 at the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup to jump into the lead as the field was trimmed to the top 8 for round robin match play. Miller averaged 235 for eight games to pace the field with 5426 (226.08). John Szczerbinski, USA, fell to second place with 5370. In a one-game roll-off for the last spot to advance, Biboy Rivera, Philippines, defeated Francois Louw, South Africa, 267-191.

2010 BWC Video #3


Women's and Men's Qualifying

2010BWCVideo03Qualifying_small.jpgRecord 167 players from 92 countries participated in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Many of the players have no coach, others are accompanied by their personal trainers and Some countries have even sent their national team coaches. Among the coaches are former World Cup champions Tomas Leandersson (Sweden) and Patrick Healey (Kuwait), as well as Rod Ross (USA), Craig Woodhouse (Dom. Rep.), Erik Garder (Norway), Ron Hatfield (Ukraine), Sandy Lowe (Canada), Or Aviram (Israel) and more.

2010 BWC


Team USA's John Szczerbinski tops Men's Division after qualifying at Bowling World Cup

Leads the top 24 of 91 bowlers into the Intermediate Round on Friday

2010BWCJohnSzczerbinski3_small.jpg2010BWCAchimGrabowski_small.jpgTeam USA's John Szczerbinski (l.) dominated the men's qualifying in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Toulon, France averaging 231.88 for the 16-game preliminaries as the field of 91 bowlers from 91 countries was cut to the top 24. With 3710 pinfall total Szczerbinski held a 127-pin lead over Achim Grabowski (r.), Germany, who jumped from 13th to second place behind the highest six-game block of 1433 to finish qualifying with 3583 pinfall total.

2010 BWC


Achim Grabowski rises to the top as Men's Squad A has finished World Cup

Averages 238.83 in fnal six-game block to overtake lead; Squad B has still to bowl

2010BWCAchimGrabowski2_small.jpg2010BWCMadsSandbakken3_small.jpgAchim Grabowski (l.), Germany took the lead in the men's division at the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup after the 46 players of Squad A have completed the 16-game preliminaries. Grabowski totaled 3583 pins, a 223.94 average, to beat out Mads Sandbækken (r.), Norway (3571) for the top spot by 12 pins. Overnight leader John Szczerbinski, United States, needs 1249 for his six games in Squad B, a 208.16 average, to overtake Grabowski.

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