Although bowling is said to be more than 5000 years old, the game is widely unpopular in Africa. However, the story is gradually changing in South Africa, which has a history of embracing and encouraging different forms of sports. In fact, the country recently hosted the first ever Tenpin Bowling Africa Nations Cup.
According to CGTN, only three African countries – Ethiopia, Mauritius and South Africa – participated in the tournament which was aimed at making bowling popular throughout the continent. The tournament was set up by Vaughn Williams, president of the Tenpin Bowling Association of South Africa, in line with efforts by the international governing body of the sport to establish the Africa zone of tenpin bowling.
Taking advantage of the initiative, South Africa selected and developed a team to represent the country. That team went on to win the inaugural edition of the tournament.
With the success of the tournament, it’s expected that more African countries will participate in subsequent editions to make it more exciting and more competitive. And who knows? Africa might just host the World Tenpin Bowling Championships one day.