About International Bowling Federation

The International Bowling Federation (formerly known as World Bowling) 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 International Bowling Federation 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.

International Bowling Federation 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 (September 2019) and Anti-Doping Rules (Based on the 2009 World Anti-Doping Code). For more details of International Bowling Federation, please visit https://bowling.sport/.

    IBF Executive Board
    Sheikh Talal Mohammad Al-Sabah
    Kuwait Bowling Federation
    Tel: +965 2262 0113 - 4
    Fax: +965 2262 0112
    Email: president@bowling.sport
    First Vice President
    Mr. Martin Faba
    Pan-American Bowling Confederation
    Tel: +506 2245 6000
    Fax: +506 2283 3700
    Email: presidente@acobol.com
    Second Vice President
    Mr. Marios Nicolaides
    Cyprus Bowling Federation
    Tel: +357 996 19350
    Email: marios@bowling.sport
    Chief Executive
    Cheif Executive Officer (CEO)
    Mr. Andrew Oram
    International Bowling Federation
    Tel: +41 79861 2456
    Email: andrew@bowling.sport
    Secretary General
    Ms. Vivien Lau, SBS, JP
    Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress
    Tel: +852 2893 6039
    Fax: +852 2893 6290
    Email: secgeneral@bowling.sport
    Executive Board Members
    Dr. Danny Santos
    Asian Bowling Federation
    Tel: +965 2262 0113
    Fax: +965 2262 0112
    Email: danny@bowling.sport
    Ms.Suwalai Satrulee
    Thai Tenpin Bowling Association
    Tel: +662 321 2310
    Fax: +662 321 9624
    Email: suwalaisatrulee@hotmail.com
    Mr. Addie Ophelders
    European Bowling Federation
    Tel: +31 318 559 343
    Fax: +31 318 559 349
    Email: ao@etbf.eu
    Mr. Valgeir Gudbjartsson
    European Bowling Federation
    Tel: +45 86 22 99 90
    Email: vg@etbf.eu
    Executive Board Members
    Mr. Jorge A. Franco
    Pan-American Bowling Confederation
    Tel: +571 250 1525
    Fax: +571 225 1941
    Email: jfsistemas@une.net.co
    Mr. Guy Igliori Machado
    Pan-American Bowling Confederation
    Tel: +506 2245 6000
    Fax: +506 2283 3700
    Mr. Michael Seymour
    Oceania Bowling Federation
    Tel: +61 7 3262 4455
    Fax: +61 7 3262 5544
    Email: mikeseymour@tpg.com.au
    Mr. Farouk Haridi
    Bowling Federation of Africa
    Tel: +20 12-210 2768
    Fax: +20-2 643 0642
    Email: fharidi@link.net
    Last update: 16th November, 2021.

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    An introduction to Asian Bowling Federation, its charter and activities in the Asian Zone. Introduction
    Executive Committee
    Executive Committee of Asian Bowling Federation and its staff members including mailing address and contact. Executive Committee
    International Bowling
    Consists of the five geographical zones - America, Europe, Afria, Asia and Oceania. Detail of its Presidium Members is also available. Visit International Bowling Federation
    Tournament Application
    To applying for sanctioning, please download ABF Tournament Application FormDownload Form