Chinese Bowling Foundation: Key to the Olympics?

by Bob Johnson 0

Brunswick Bowling has joined forces with World Bowling, the international governing body of the sport of bowling, and with the Chinese Bowling Association to establish the new Chinese Bowling Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to more actively promote and publicize the game of bowling throughout the People’s Republic of China.

The Chinese bowling boom of the 1990s witnessed hundreds of new centers being opened in major cities. Over the last decade, enthusiasm for the game has waned somewhat throughout Asia with many centers closing, but industry leaders in China believe that bowling is now poised for a major comeback, fueled by the country’s enormous population and fast-growing middle class.

Brunswick Bowling and World Bowling have committed substantial resources to help the Chinese Bowling Foundation achieve its goals. The company will host educational courses in China on subjects ranging from coaching to ball drilling to lane maintenance.

“We are very much pleased to join hands with World Bowling and Brunswick, exploring and promoting the game of bowling in China. We believe that our cooperation will surely have a bright future," stated Wang Li Wei, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Bowling Association.

Brunswick also will sponsor PBA bowlers to take part in matches and exhibitions in China. The company also will provide its services and products to help the Foundation initiate a comprehensive bowling league and ranking structure in China beginning later this year.

“As the worldwide leader in bowling, we’re pleased to be a charter member of this important new organization dedicated to energizing this great game in China,” said Gary Smith, Brunswick Bowling Vice President of International Sales.

World Bowling has been leading the effort to get bowling into the Olympic Games, and the Foundation is hopeful that rebuilding the Chinese bowling market will fuel that charge.

“We are encouraged with the formation of this partnership, including our Friends of Bowling partner Brunswick, and the CBA, representing a country in which we have tremendous growth potential,” said World Bowling President Kevin Dornberger. “China is crucial in our ongoing Olympic recognition efforts.”

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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