Bowling is considered to be one of the oldest sports in the history of humankind. The sport involves hurling balls down specially constructed alleys at structures known as pins, with the objective of knocking as many of the pins down as possible is as few throws as possible.
Bowling is supposed to have existed in a rudimentary form as far back as 5,000 years before the birth of Christ. A British anthropologist, Sir Flinders Petrie, is said to have discovered evidence of a game fairly similar to modern-day bowling in a tomb in Egypt. Historians have, thus, come to a conclusion that the game pre-dates the birth of Christ.
However, according to another school of thought, the game evolved much later than that. William Pehle, a German historian, believes that bowling originated in Germany somewhere around 300 AD. The modern version of the game is believed to have come into existence in 1895, in New York, when rules and regulations were laid down formally. Subsequent to this, competitions and tournaments began taking place on a large scale.
Regardless of where it originated and when it evolved to resemble the sport as it is played today, bowling has many lovers around the world. The fascination with hurling balls at pins seems to be growing day by day, as is evident from the fact that bowling has made an entry into countries where it was unheard of previously. Bowling is now also played in Asian nations, and countries like India, for instance, have caught on in a big way.
The game is, however, very capital intensive and requires a considerable investment. But the growing interest of people in the game ensures that returns are almost immediate. From the look of it, bowling is set to grow in popularity; more and more people are bound to enjoy the game in the coming years.