The Slovenian Tenpin Bowling Federation was formed in 2000 and now boasts 6 clubs and over 100 members.
The AMF Bowling World Cup first took place in 1965 In Dublin Ireland, when 20 nations competed. It takes place in a different country every year, spanning the globe. Since 2000, the AMF Bowling World Cup has visited Lisbon (Portugal), Pattaya (Thailand), Riga (Latvia), Tegucigalpa (Honduras) and Singapore. For more information about the history of the event please see www.amfbowlingworldcup.com.
The champions of 2004 in Singapore were Kai Virtanen of Finland and Shannon Pluhowsky of the USA. They will not automatically defend their titles as they will have to qualify again through the elimination tournament in their own countries.
In addition to the winners’ trophies, special presentations are made to the top country, based on the finishing spots of the male and female bowlers, and for Sportsman and Sportswoman of the tournament. These latter are voted for by the bowlers themselves.
QubicaAMF Worldwide Inc, the founder and principal sponsor of the Bowling World Cup, is the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centres. AMF is also a leader in the manufacturing and marketing of bowling and billiards products. More information about a AMF is available at www.amf.com.
Photos courtesy of Slovenia Tourism Board.