Lausanne Complex Welcomes World Bowling

by Bob Johnson 0

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.”

The MSI facility houses dozens of sports federations and companies — and, now, World Bowling.
The MSI facility houses dozens of sports federations and companies — and, now, World Bowling.

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.

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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