World Ninepin Bowling Association

The Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) is the World Bowling Federation. The FIQ is subdivided into two disciplines, the World Ninepin Bowling Association (WNBA) and the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA). Both organizations were founded by the FIQ in 1973 in London. The WNBA counts approximately 250.000 members in 26 countries on three continents (Europe, America and Asia).

World Ninepin Bowling Association
(WNBA)
Formation1973
TypeFederation of national associations
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
Membership
26 national associations
President
Thomas Berk
WebsiteWNBA

HistoryEdit

Because of different types of skittle alleys, the WNBA has three sections:

  • Breitensport/Bohle (NBBK)
  • Classic (NBC)
  • Schere (NBS)

The Classic section is the most popular of all sections.

The section of the WNBA organises World and Continental Championships for all age groups as well as for World and Continental Single and Team Competitions. Furthermore International Matches and International Competition Events regularly take place.

Over the course of the centuries ninepin bowling has become recognized as a high-performance sport, requiring a high level of both technical skills and physical conditioning. Purely playful elements still attract recreational partucipants on skittle alleys.

Until approximately 50 years ago, the pins were set by hand. Today, microprocessors have allowed for an automated process using machines that set the pins and feed electronic displays with results. Instead of wood pins and balls, plastic ones are more common today. Bohle and Schere lanes require a wood or plastic running surface, while Classic lanes only use plastic running surfaces. These are implemented by either plastic-coating or segmented plates of plastic building material.

Skittle alleys suited for ninepin bowling have to be built according to WNBA technical standards, and are subject to scrutiny from national associations. This allows for consistent playing conditions worldwide.

Position within the FIQEdit

The WNBA holds the position of a disciplinary association and is thus an independent organ within the FIQ. For all responsible in the WNBA one of the most important goals is to disseminate ninepin bowling all over the world and to win further nations as WNBA’s members.

Objectives and tasksEdit

It is the objective and the task of the WNBA to

  • oversee all national bowling sport associations that practise the bowling sport ninepin or, in some other form, as a competitive sport in its widest sense.
  • establish contact with national associations that practise bowling sport in its widest sense in order to win them as new regular members of the FIQ and WNBA or as non-regular members of the WNBA.
  • promote the bowling sport ninepin throughout the world by fostering international championships, competitions between teams as well as individuals and international matches between member associations as well as other sport encounters on all levels.
  • organize international competitions and oblige the sections of the WNBA to conduct international competitions.
  • ensure common standards in the practice of the sport and the regulations concerning the referees within the WNBA by publishing sets of regulations of the WNBA and its sections and make a standardized game system possible in sports events of the WNBA and its sections as well as in member associations. The sport itself will be regulated by the sections.
  • guarantee common standards in the technical specifications for devices used in bowling and for bowling alleys as required by the practice of this sport as well as in licensing regulations within the WNBA and in all member associations of the WNBA and its sections by publishing technical specifications. This is to ensure equal conditions whenever sport events are organized within the WNBA and its sections as well as within member associations.
  • guarantee the observance of regulations and provisions of the WNBA and its sections as well as the observance of decisions of the FIQ by all sections of the WNBA.
  • give advice and information to all members of the FIQ in matters concerning the ninepin bowling sport.

WNBA membersEdit

Country
Name
Classic
Bohle
Schere
  Argentina Fédéracion Argentina de Bolos
X
  Austria Österreichischer Sportkegel- und Bowlingverband
X
X
  Belgium Königlicher Belgischer Keglerverband
X
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Kuglački savez Bosne i Hercegovine
X
  Brazil Confederação Brasileira de Bocha e Bolão
X
  Croatia Hrvatski kuglački savez
X
  Catalonia Fédéració Catalana de Bitlles i Bowling
X
  Czech Republic Česká kuželkářská asociace
X
  Denmark Dansk Kegle Forbund
X
X
  Estonia Eesti Veeremängude Liit (Estonian Bowling Association)
X
  France Fédération Francaise de Bowling et de Sport de Quilles
X
X
X
  Germany Deutscher Kegler- und Bowlingbund
X
X
X
  Hungary Magyar Bowling es Teke Szövetseg
X
  Italy Italienischer Sportkeglerverband
X
X
  Luxembourg Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Joueurs de Quilles
X
  North Macedonia Kuglarska federacija na Makedonija
X
  Montenegro Kuglaški savez Crne Gore
X
  Netherlands Nederlandse Kegel Federatie
X
  Poland Polski Związek Kręglarski
X
X
  Romania Federatia Romana de Popice Bowling
X
  Slovenia Kegljaška zveza Slovenije
X
  Serbia Kuglaški savez Srbije
X
   Switzerland Schweizerischer Sportkegler-Verband
X
  Slovakia Slovenský Kolkársky Zväz
X
  Sweden Asfalkägelsektionen SV Bowlingförbundet
X
  Chinese Taipei Ninepin Bowling Sports Association
X

PresidencyEdit

President
Thomas Berk   Germany
Vice-Presidents
Petr Vaňura   Czech Republic
Bernd Bock   Germany
Section-Presidents
Classic Marcell Pintyőke   Hungary
Bohle Horst Salutt    Switzerland
Schere Michael Teschner   Germany

See alsoEdit

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