World Tenpin Bowling Association

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World Tenpin Bowling Association
Abbreviation World Bowling or WTBA
First event 1952 [1]
Headquarters Helsinki, Finland[2]
President Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah[3]
Website World Bowling

The World Tenpin Bowling Association of World Bowling is a ten-pin bowling organisation which independently formulates its own policies, which may not conflict with WB Statutes. They also promulgate and enforce playing rules and equipment specifications, conduct world championships, oversee zone championships and grant approval for other international tournaments.

The WTBA manages the World Bowling Tour.


International bowling began during the 1930s under the International Bowling Federation. The attempt to unite all the bowlers in the world created Fédération Internationale des Quillers (FIQ) in 1952; the body renamed itself World Bowling in 2014.

Worldwide Zones[edit]

It is divided into the following geographical Zones:

National organizations qualify to become WB member federations based on certain admission criteria. Currently, WB has 123 members. In some cases, the member represents only the Tenpin discipline or the Ninepin discipline. In other cases the member represents both disciplines.

The WB Presidium (similar to an Executive Committee) is responsible for legislative matters, membership fees, fiscal plans and general administration of WB programs. It also has authority to hear and determine disputes between WB members or between WB members and WTBA.


  1. ^ "History". World Bowling. World Tenpin Bowling Association World Tenpin Bowling Association. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Pluckhahn, J. Bruce. "Bowling: International Competition". Brittanica. Brittanica. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Tidbury, Megan. "Press release: Sheikh Talal Mohammed Al-Sabah to lead world bowling". Norges Bowlingforbund. World Bowling. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 

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