Jose Guandique to retire as CONCABA President


    El Salvador

    2006AmZYCJoseGuandique.jpg Jose Guandique from El Salvador is wearing many hats in the sport of bowling in America both nationally and internationally. He is the president of the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON), formerly known as "American Zone", the president of the El Salvador Bowling Federation (Federación Salvadoreña de Boliche - FESABOL) and the president of CONCABA (Confederación de Centroamérica y México de Boliche or Central America and México Bowling Confederation).

    After the highly successful CAMBOWL Junior Under-15 and Under-21 championships in Guatemala last week, Jose Guandique has informed Bowlingdigital that this was his last championship as CONCABA president. "I have served in CONACABA for 24 years, 23 years as the president. This is the right opportunity for me to announce my retirement."

    "I'm very happy because this is a perfect ending for me after 24 years in the CONCABA. All the hard work has been worth it. This CAMBOWL Junior was super incredible. The boys and girls were spectacular and have offered a great show for the bowling fans in our region including a perfect game in the Under-15 division by Andre Fors from Mexico.

    Guandique, who will remain the PABCON president, didn't announce his retirement during the closing ceremony for the CAMBOWL Junior but challenged the CONCABA board of directors, coaches and parents of the seven CONCABA countries present when he asked them to improve on this years participants - 88 players from six countries - in Panama City in 2008.

    "Nicaragua was the only CONCABA member federation that did not participate in Guatemala. Understandably as Nicaragua doesn't have a bowling center since the past five years. I am sure, some day they will be part of CAMBOW's activities especially in the junior championships", he added.

    "I'm very happy with my work in the CONCABA in the past 24 years. I was a great experience and I have made a million friends," Guandique told us proudly. "I can report that 'my family' has grown and is now very big with many, many members!"

    During the CAMBOWL de Segunda Fuerza (Second Force) in November Guandique will officially retire from the office and one of his colleagues in the CONCABA Executive Committee will take over the job.

    "We have many people in CONCABA with enough experience and the capability to make a great job in the organization and I am sure the executive committee will find a good president."

    Asked what he will do in the future, Guandique said: "I will focus on my work for PABCON and for my national federation. I am also a member of the board of directors in the National Institute of Sports of El Salvador and I'm involved in the national sports issues in my country.