The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is not particularly renowned for making decisions swiftly. The bid for Golf to be included in the Olympic Games took an age and finally in 2016 it will make its debut in Rio de Janeiro. There is no doubting that perseverance pays off – just ask Andy Murray how he feels about tennis being re-granted Olympic status now. However, for Lawn Bowls legend Paul Foster, who has won almost everything the sport has to offer in terms of titles, from Scottish and British titles to World Championship trophies, a trio of Commonwealth golds and an MBE, it would appear that even though the chances of Bowls being adopted into the Olympics are high, it will come too late for him, which is rather sad.

Lawn Bowls has now begun the potentially arduous process of applying for Olympic status, according to its chief executive Gary Smith. Previously Olympic ambitions were hindered by the fact that the IOC demanded a minimum of 75 affiliate nations. This has recently been lowered to 50, offering a host of sports and events a chance of becoming Olympic sports. Lawn Green Bowls now meets this criteria and the next step is explained in full by the aforementioned Mr Smith.

"We are now required to complete a 40 page questionnaire and to submit this with a wide range of relevant documents." The whole package must be delivered to IOC headquarters by August 31st 2016 to be considered in December. All of this was announced, much to the excitement of aficionados of the sport, at the World Bowls European Development Seminar in Glasgow.

The announcement follows that of the French sport of Pétanque, also known as Boules (although that is a more generic term for the group of similar games), to work towards Olympic status for the 2024 Olympics. It could be that the two sports – Pétanque and Lawn Green Boules – end up directly competing against each other for the Holy Grail of recognition.

With a tranquil setting and neatly cut grass there is ever reason to believe that Lawn Bowls would bring a certain amount of gentility to the Olympics but one should not be fooled - the stakes are high. Bowlers today mix precision with boldness and play with a focus that rubs off on spectators and makes for some wonderful viewing whether or not one is actually at the Green side. Gone are the days when Bowls was seen as the sport for Pensioners and recent initiatives such as Barefoot Bowls also demonstrate this. 

Why, might you ask, is Lawn Bowls not already an established Olympic sport? Bowls was first played in the 13th century, although clearly similar games were played long before. A popular joke among devoted players is that it’s because the Greeks lost their Bowls along with their Marbles! Here’s hoping the IOC see the light and have the "Stones" to take the plunge.