World Bowls Events

These are the premier World Bowls Events between national bowls organisations affiliated to World Bowls Ltd (outdoors) and World Bowls Tour (indoors).

World Outdoor Bowls ChampionshipsEdit

First held in 1966, the World Outdoor Bowls Championships for men and women are held every 4 years. From 2008 the men's and women's events are held together. Qualifying national bowls organisations (usually countries) are represented by a team of 5 players, who play once as a single and a four, then again as a pair and a triple. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each of the 4 disciplines, and there is also a trophy for the best overall team — the Leonard Trophy for men and the Taylor Trophy for women.[1][2]

Commonwealth GamesEdit

First held in 1930, the Commonwealth Games Bowls Championships for men and women are held every 4 years. Women's events were added from 1982. Four gold medals are competed for in the singles, pairs, triples and fours.

World Indoor Bowls ChampionshipsEdit

First held in 1979, the World Indoor Bowls Championships for men and women are held every year. There are currently five events, the open singles, the open pairs, the women's singles, the mixed pairs and open under-25 singles.[3][2] It is currently organised by the World Bowls Tour and involves mainly Northern Hemisphere nations.

Asia Pacific ChampionshipsEdit

A leading event inaugurated in 1985 and competed for by Asia and Pacific nations.

World Champion of Champions SinglesEdit

A leading outdoor event held annually between the winners of the respective National Championships.

World Cup SinglesEdit

A leading indoor event between selected players from member national authorities.

National ChampionshipsEdit

Other leading eventsEdit

Hong Kong International Bowls Classic


Event Next edition Venue Dates
World Cup Singles 2021   Warilla, New South Wales tba
Hong Kong International Bowls Classic 2021   Hong Kong August
World Outdoor Bowls Championships 2020*   Gold Coast, Queensland (rescheduled* dates 7-19 September, 2021)
World Singles Champion of Champions 2021   Adelaide tba
World Indoor Bowls Championships 2022   Yarmouth January
Commonwealth Games 2022   Birmingham 27 July – 7 August
Asia Pacific Bowls Championships 2023   Henan, China tba


  1. ^ "Christchurch takes centre stage". World Bowls.
  2. ^ a b Sullivan, Patrick (1986). Guinness Bowls Records. Guinness Superlatives Ltd. ISBN 0-85112-414-3.
  3. ^ "World Indoor Bowls Championships 2018: Schedule and BBC coverage". BBC Sport.

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