World Bowling CEO Kevin Dornberger Expresses ‘Great Regret’ in Statement on Olympic Disappointment

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Early this morning, World Bowling released the below official statement regarding yesterday's news that bowling would not be among the sports recommended for inclusion in the 2024 Summer Olympic Games by the Paris 2024 organizing committee. If you missed our report on that development yesterday, you can find it here: http://www.bowlersjournal.com/bowling-not-included-among-sports-recommended-to-ioc-for-paris-2024-olympics/

Here is World Bowling's full statement on the matter . . .

LAUSANNE, February 22 – World Bowling learned Thursday through an official letter from the Paris 2024 Olympic Organizing Committee that the sport of bowling would not be put forward by the host city as one of the proposed new sports to be included in the 2024 Games. Paris 2024 officials have instead named breakdancing, climbing, surfing and skateboarding to go through to the next stage of the process for inclusion at the Olympic Games in 2024.

Where previously the Organizing Committee of the Games was given the list of IOC Recognized Sports with which to choose a shortlist of eight sports to proceed in the application process, this cycle’s process differed in that no shortlist was made and that all IOC Recognized Sports were at liberty to proceed in their application with no formal process being determined and no short list being announced.

It is said that approximately 20 IOC recognized sports applied for consideration for inclusion in to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Having previously made the coveted shortlist for the Tokyo 2020 Games, World Bowling was very disappointed with yesterday’s announcement.

World Bowling CEO Kevin Dornberger said, “It is with great regret that we learn of this news but we congratulate the four sports that were chosen. Bowling has made a lot of forward movements in the past four years after having come so close to inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Games. This news should not set us back and only motivate us to continue to improve the sport which we know has so much potential to succeed and entertain the masses.”

A delegation that comprised of four World Bowling members and three French Federation (FFSBQ) members met with Paris 2024 Organizing Committee heads in January to present the sport and their vision of what it would look like in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Paris 2024’s four additional sports proposal will be voted on at the IOC Executive Session following the Tokyo 2020 Games next year.

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