Bowling is a fun way to blow a couple of hours with your friends. But would you consider it a true test of athleticism, one that the ancient Greeks might have aspired to master? Probably not.
Earlier this month at the World Bowling Tour Finals in Las Vegas, the Professional Bowler’s Association tested a new scoring system, hoping to grab the attention of the International Olympic Committee.
The trial scoring system actually draws from golf, emphasizing the “frame” as analogous to a hole-by-hole score in match play golf. It is designed to be simpler and less confusing for spectators and to quicken the pace to increase suspense and excitement.
Oh, and if the idea of bowling as an Olympic sport still sounds too crazy to be true, note that bowling made an Olympic appearance in Seoul in 1988 as an exhibition event. If the organization begins its bid to enter the games next year, the earliest it could reach an Olympiad would be the 2024 games.