World Bowling, the global governing body of our sport, has taken up residence at the Maison du Sport International in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In a media release, World Bowling said the move “marks a huge milestone in bowling’s history and signifies the beginning of an era of vast development for the sport.”
On its website, the Maison du Sport International is described as “a unique complex that brings together under one roof several of the leading players in international sports administration, notably the headquarters of around thirty or so international sports federations and organizations and some twenty companies active in the field of sport.
“Strategically positioned on the Avenue de Rhodanie, by the shores of Lake Geneva, the Maison du Sport International includes a reception building and three office blocks, forming a modern, welcoming and functional complex in a prime location. The building provides conference rooms, a cafeteria, a gym and a carnotzet. It also offers a series of small, fully-equipped offices sharing a reception and various additional services such as photocopying machine, fax, internet, telephone lines, cleaning services, etc.
“This new infrastructure constitutes a remarkable opportunity for international sports organizations, allowing them to work together, cultivate contacts, share experience and exploit synergies.”
World Bowling President Kevin Dornberger and other officials appeared at a cocktail reception welcoming the organization, hosted by Patrice Iseli, Head of Sport for the City of Lausanne.
“Through the connections made with other sports federations, we open ourselves to a world rich in the knowledge of sporting governance,” Dornberger said. “The move to Lausanne is a vital step in the development of the sport of bowling and for reaching our future goals. ”
The primary goal, of course, is for bowling to become an official Olympic Games sport.
World Bowling’s next Executive Board meeting will be held at the Maison du Sport International, Aug. 8-9.