Established in 1968, the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress Limited is committed to the development and promotion of tenpin bowling activities in Hong Kong and nurturing of tenpin bowling athletes.
Since 1975, the Congress staged the Hong Kong International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships annually. In 1978, the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress was recognized by the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (formerly known as Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong) as an associate member and from then on the Congress could participate in international multi-sports Games under the National Olympic Committee.
In the same year, tenpin bowling was included as a medal sport for the first time in the 8th Asian Games in Bangkok. Six men bowlers and three women bowlers were sent by the Congress to participate in the Games. The team came back with one Silver and two Bronze medals. The Silver Medal was won by Abdoul Akber and Francis Kam in the Men Doubles event. Vivien Fung, Cathrine Che and Maria Chong won a Bronze Medal in the Ladies Trios event and Cathrine Che also won a Bronze Medal in the Women Singles event.
In 1985, the Congress became an ordinary member of Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong China with voting right. In 1986, the Hong Kong bowling team participated in the 10th Asian Games in Seoul, Korea and Cathrine Che won the "First Gold" for Hong Kong since it participated in the Asian Games in 1952, carving a milestone in the history of Hong Kong sport. After winning the Gold Medal in the Women Singles event, Catharine Che continued to clinch a Silver Medal in the Women Masters event.
In 1988, Hong Kong hosted the 10th FIQ Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships and attained one Gold Medal in the Women Singles and one Silver Medal in the Men Doubles.
In 1992, in Perth, Australia, in the 12th FIQ Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships, the Hong Kong team bagged two Gold Medals in the Women Trio and Women All Events respectively and one Silver Medal in the Women Singles and one Bronze Medal in the Men Doubles. The Women Team broke the Asian record in the Women Trios and the Women All Events. In 1998, the Hong Kong bowling team participated in the 13th Asian Games in Bangkok and Sunny Hui won a Gold Medal in the Men Masters, carving another milestone in the history of bowling in Hong Kong.
Tenpin bowling became a Focus Sport in 1999. With extra funding from the then Hong Kong Sports Development Board, the Congress was able to engage a full-time overseas coach and in 2000, Janet Lam won a Gold Medal in the Women Singles event in the 16th FIQ Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in Qatar.
Sunny Hui became number one in the world ranking after winning the World Bowling Masters held in UAE in April 2001. One month later, he won a Gold Medal in the Men Doubles event partnering Wu Siu Hong in the 3rd East Asian Games in Osaka. Wu Siu Hong also won another Gold Medal in the Men Masters event.
In August 2001, Wu Siu Hong won the 2001 CGU Asian Bowling Tour, China while Vanessa Fung was 2nd Runner-up in the same leg. In December, both Wu Siu Hong and Vanessa Fung were the Champions in the Men and Women Division respectively in the 2001 CGU Asian Bowling Tour - Hong Kong. Both won a berth in the 2001 CGU Asian Bowling Tour Grand Slam Finals held in Singapore in January 2002 and were eventually 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up in the Men and Women Division respectively.
In 2005, Wu Siu Hong clinched the Men Division Champion of the 2004 ABF Tour- Tournament of Champions in Indonesia and in 2008, Chan Shuk Han won the Women Division Title in the 2007 ABF Tour - Tournament of Champions. Vanessa Fung was 1st Runner-up in the Women Division of the 2008 ABF Tour - Tournament of Champions in 2009 in Indonesia.
Besides putting in a great deal of effort in improving the performance standard of the national team resulting in many outstanding achievements in international competitions, the Congress also recognized the importance of grassroots development in the long term development and promotion of tenpin bowling sport in Hong Kong.
Subsequently, the Congress throughout all these years has been joining hands with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Education Department to organize bowling clinics for students, youths and adults in order to introduce the sport into the different strata of the community.
In February 2003, the Congress successfully organized the "Star of Tomorrow - Tenpin Bowling Talent Identification Programme" for the first time, which is the first step of the "8 Years Development Programme". The aim of this programme is to identify potential bowlers, and to develop these bowlers as feeders for the National Squad. This Talent Identification Programme continued to be an annual event. In 2009, extra funding was received from the Leisure & Cultural Services Department for the development of a more systematic Feeder System to support the elite programme.
The Congress continues to receive funding from the elite vote from the Hong Kong Sports Institute since 1999. During this period, the National Team attained a Silver Medal in Men 5-player Team in the 4th and 5th East Asian Games respectively in 2005 and 2009. Wu Siu Hong also attained a Silver Medal in the Men Singles in the 5th East Asian Games hosted by Hong Kong in 2009.
In the 20th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships hosted in Hong Kong in 2008, Cyrus Cheung and Eric Tseng won a Gold Medal in the Men Doubles. In January 2010, the National Youth Team comprising of Michael Mak, Eric Tseng, Michael Tsang and Rickle Kam won 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze Medal in the 15th Asian Youth Championships hosted in Kuwait. This is the first time that the National Youth Team bagged such a big haul of medals in Asian Youth Championships.
In the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010, the men team attained a Bronze Medal in the 5-player Team event. In the following year in 2011, Wu Siu Hong won a Silver Medal in Singles and a Gold Medal in All Events in the 21st Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships in Abu Dhabi.
In March 2011, Milki Ng was 1st Runner up in the Women Division in the 2010 ABF Tour - Tournament of Champion held in Kuwait. In the same year, Wu Siu Hong bowling against professional bowlers from USA, bagged the Champion of the Australian Masters, a leg of the 2011 WTBA World Bowling Tour.
In the following year, Wu Siu Hong won the Title of the Men Division of the 2011 ABF Tour - Tournament of Champions, while Eric Tseng was 1st Runner-up after losing to Siu Hong in the Final in Kuwait. Immediately after in the 9th Kuwait Open, which was a leg of the 2012 WTBA World Bowling Tour, Wu Siu Hong was 2nd Runner-up after the Step-ladder Final against a pool of professional bowlers from USA and Europe.
In 2011, Hong Kong hosted World Women Championships which was given the "M" mark branding by the Major Sports Event Committee under the HKSAR Sports Commission. Two Congresses, the WTBA Congress and the FIQ Congress were held at the same time. In 2012, Hong Kong again played host to the 22nd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships and the Men Team won a Gold Medal in the 5-player Team event.
A 12-lane State-of-the-Art training facility was opened in January 2013 in the Hong Kong Sports Institute under the Re-Development Project of the Hong Kong Sports Institute for the training of the National and National Youth Squad. At last HKTBC has a training venue in the HKSI after 13 years being an elite sport.