The Bowls Sports World Confederation (CMSB) is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines – the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the games popular in Italy, to be included in the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The CMSB has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1985 and under new IOC rules can bid for a spot on future Olympic programs if it is recommended by the organizing committee for those Games.
Though it won’t be decided for two years, Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome are under consideration to host the 2024 edition of the Olympic Games.
According to the International World Games Association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than two million players are licensed in 160 other countries.
The CMSB includes member federations in 106 countries and is staged at the World Games, the Mediterranean Games, the Commonwealth Games, the Games of the Small States of Europe, the South East Asia Games and the Indian Ocean Games.
The objective of boules is to roll heavy balls as close as possible to a small target ball.
The CMSB launched the aggressive campaign at Sportel in Monaco Monday where its headquarters are also located. The early campaigning means that the sport may have to wait several years to learn its fate – the host city for the Games will not be elected until September 2017 then several months will pass before that city organizes a length selection process for interested sports.
New sports for the Tokyo 2020 Games are currently campaigning to confirm their spots on the program. Baseball and softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing and surfing have been recommended by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee but they’ll have to wait for an IOC vote in Rio next summer to learn if they will be staged at the Games