Dear athletes,

liebe Freundinnen und Freunde des internationalen Bowlingsports der dear friends of the international sport of bowling for the deaf,

dear guests!

A warm welcome!

From August 1 to 12, 2023, you will once again make the Dream Bowl Palace in Munich-Unterföhring the center of top international sport for the deaf. It will again be a time full of exciting competitions – at the highest level and with impressive sporting performances. As Minister of Sports, I know about the social power of sports. It is also demonstrated at this tournament: by bringing the international deaf sports com-munity even closer together and making them visible as an active part of our society. With great sporting performances, the athletes also inspire far beyond the tournament.

My thanks go to the German Deaf Sports Federation as the organizer of these 5th World Championships. I am pleased to financially support the event from the budget of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs.

And I would like to thank especially the many voluntary helpers. It is their commitment that makes this highlight of deaf sports possible. Volunteering is a decision for the community in our society, for participation and cohesion.

According to the motto “Every Pin Counts”, around 300 athletes from 35 nations will be competing with passion, team spirit and fair play.

I wish all participants a successful and eventful World Cup! Good to have you with us! Enjoy the sporting competition – and the togetherness!

Nancy Faeser

Federal Minister of the Interior and Home Affairs

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