As I sit on my couch watching the Olympics, I find myself banging my head against the TV wondering how bowling is not a part of the amazing festival of sports.
Is it me, or does this just not seem right?
Below are a few reasons why I believe bowling should be included in future Games.
- Everyone can relate to bowling. It’s the 2nd most popular participatory sport in the world.
- Almost everyone has bowled at least once in their life, or at the very least knows someone who has.
- Male and females can compete equally.
- Over 100 countries bowl competitively, making it a true world game.
- The sport is easy to understand and follow on TV.
- Bowling is not a sport dominated by any one country, meaning that every continent has a chance at gold.
- Bowling requires massive amounts of mental strength and talent beyond the average man.
- Bowling was around before the Olympics were even invented.
- There are no physical or age limits, beside those that the Olympic Committee places on all competitors. You could represent your nation from as young as 15 to a ripe age of 100. You don’t have to be 7ft tall or 5ft short. If you are good enough, then you can bowl at the highest level.
- The oil pattern on each lane is like an invisible playing field that players learn over the course of each game they play. It doesn’t get much harder than that!
- Bowling has a huge fan base comparatively to many of the lesser known sports included in the Olympics.
What are some of your reasons bowling should be in the games?