World Bowls has now submitted its Recognition Request File to the International Olympic Committee Sports Department. Commenting on the submission World Bowls Chief Executive Gary Smith said:

‘Preparation of the IOC Recognition Request File has been a mammoth task requiring completion of a detailed questionnaire consisting of over 40 pages accompanied by around 120 supporting documents, which also includes a very positive Letter of Support for our application for IOC recognition  from the Commonwealth Games Federation.’ Smith added:

‘Our Recognition Request File will now be studied and processed by the IOC Sports Department before passing to the IOC Executive Board for consideration at their December 2016 meeting. Obtaining IOC recognition is a necessary initial step in order to be able to progress an application for our sport to be included in future Olympic Games.’