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Although there are some modifications made for athletes with physical disabilities, most athletes compete under the same rules and circumstances as athletes on a professional tour.


Special Olympics Bowling is bowling, where all competitors have physical or mental disabilities. Special Olympics bowling is one of the fastest growing Special Olympics sports. It is a form of competitive bowling meant for athletes with physical or mental disabilities. In addition to offering traditional singles and doubles events, Special Olympics offers events for athletes with low ability levels to train and compete in basic bowling skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to match play. As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.


Bowling became an Special Olympics sport in 1975, but did not reach World Games level until 1987 when 33 athletes competed at the World Summer Games in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland hosted 269 Special Olympics bowlers from 40 Programs. As of the 2005 Special Olympics Athlete Participation Report, 200,572 Special Olympics athletes compete in bowling.