Addie Ophelders


I have just been informed that GEORGE SARAHETE from Finland has passed away on the 23 January 2021 at the age of 91 years.

George was for many years the Secretary General of FIQ and gifted with the FIQ Gold Pin with Diamond – he became Honorary Member of FIQ as well.

May he rest in peace.


Finally, the year 2020 is coming to an end.

What a year! Many of us have suffered during this year.

How often have we said: “is there light at the end of the tunnel”?

YES, dear friends, there is light! Some of our countries have started vaccinating and other countries will start soon.

Will this open the door to our competitions? Let us hope so, because 2020 only gave us 1 championship (ESC) in Vienna in January. All other championships (EYC, EWC, EMC and the ECC) had to be postponed.

I am sure it must have been difficult/strange for you and your athletes to stay home. I can assure you that my Presidium and I look forward to the day where we can meet physically and be at championships.  You must have the same feeling.

We hope to see all of you soon again at our championships and tournaments.

On behalf of my Presidium, I wish you and your beloved a merry Christmas and may the New Year 2021 bring you love, happiness and most important, health.

Addie Ophelders
President ETBF


Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends,


It is with great pleasure that I can announce our new secretary general for ETBF.
Natasa Pirc Musar from Slovenia has already started working with the Presidium
during our last meeting held in Ankara, Turkey, 18 and 19 October 2019.
Natasa is not only an attorney at law but also very familiar with our sport.
Many of you know her already and I am sure that she will be an excellent member of our presidium.
My presidium and me are looking forward to a wonderful cooperation.

Welcome Natasa.


We also welcome Marc Beaufays from Belgium as our new member of the Presidium.
Marc was elected to the Presidium in June 2019.
He is the president of the Belgium Bowling Federation and has a lot of experience in
our sport of Bowling.

Welcome Marc.


Vice President of the ETBF, Kim Thorsgaard Jensen passed away on Tuesday 26 February 2019 at the age of 62.

He joined our Presidium in 1997 when he was elected in Nottingham, UK. In 1999 Kim was elected as vice president.

It is almost impossible to mention all his valuable contributions to ETBF and to World Bowling.  Kim created in 2000 the European Bowling Tour and it has been growing ever since. He was also the driving force behind all our European Championships and Tournaments.

We thank our dear friend for everything he did for our sport and we also thank him for his friendship.

We will miss Kim a lot in the ETBF Presidium: in our daily business, at our meetings and at our events.

We wish his daughter, son and family a lot of strength to carry this enormous loss.

We also like to thank our member federations for the heartwarming responses to this tragic loss.


May he rest in peace!


Addie Ophelders

President ETBF