It is with great honour and pride, that I inform you about the fact that
our Secretary General Natasa Pirc Musar was elected last Sunday 13 November 2022 as President of the Republic of Slovenia.
I am sure that I congratulate her on behalf of all members of the European Bowling Federation.
Sad thing is, that she needs to resign from being our Secretary General.
On behalf of the EBF Presidium
Dear Presidents, dear friends,
If I tell you that we are living in a world which is in turmoil, I am not saying something new. We are all living in a shock of what had happened to our friends in Ukraine. I have written an email to the President of the Ukrainian federation.
The email is as follows:
Dear Mr. President,
Let me start in saying that the Presidium of EBF as well as most (if not all) member federations of EBF are shocked by the recent actions.
Let me assure you, Mr. President, that EBF will strictly follow the recommendations of the IOC. Russian and Belorussian athletes and officials will be banned from participating in International (EBF) competitions.
Unfortunately, we cannot do enough to help you, your beloved and the people of your Country. We wish you all a lot of courage and strength.
On behalf of my presidium
European Bowling Federation
As you know the IOC and GAISF have sent a recommendation to all International Sport Federations (including IBF) that athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus should be stopped from participating in international competitions. IBF and EBF follow that recommendation.
As you know, in our Presidium we have a colleague and friend Sergey Lisitsyn from Russia. Sergey was appointed by me as Championships Director for the EMC in June in Helsinki and for the EYC in September in Wittelsheim, France. Sergey has asked me to replace him for both championships; I respect his wish and he will be replaced.
I sincerely hope that this heart-breaking situation will end soon and that we can continue bowling together with all our friends.
Also this COVID year is coming to an end. It has been a year where we as ETBF have been trying to start bowling again in Europe. Since January 2020 (ESC in Vienna) we had not done any championship or tournament.
The EYC 2021 in Tilburg and the ECC 2021 in Chania, Crete were a success. During our recent Congress we have taken new steps: the logo has changed and the medals for our winners as well.
The prospects for 2022 do not look very good, but we are still optimistic that the EMC and the EWC, respectively in Helsinki and Aalborg can be bowled as scheduled.
On behalf of my presidium, including our TD Chris Hillman and IT delegate Kim Andersen, I would like to wish you and your beloved a peaceful Christmas and we hope that 2022 will bring you and your beloved lots of love, health and a successful bowling season.
European Bowling Federation
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.
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.
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.
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!