The World Games sports comprise all the sports contested in The World Games.
Disciplines from the same sport are grouped under the same color:
- ^ The world governing body for nine-pin and ten-pin bowling changed its name from Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs to World Bowling in 2014.
- ^ a b The World Baseball Softball Confederation, which currently governs both baseball and softball, was created by a 2013 merger of two former governing bodies—the International Baseball Federation and the International Softball Federation.
- ^ During the period in which rugby sevens was contested at the World Games, the world governing body was known as the International Rugby Board. The current name of World Rugby was adopted in 2014.
- ^ A structured invitational sport program did not exist for the 1981 World Games. Press coverage did not refer to water polo as an invitational sport. An agreement was reached with FINA in the lead-up to the games not to allow women's water polo athletes to march in the opening ceremony, to assuage the displeasure of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its being included in the program.
- ^ From 2001 Boule Lyonnaise has been part of the Boules Sports program.
- ^ Paralympic Sport since 2000
Past TWG sports and disciplines
The following sports were part of past editions of The World Games, but have since been adopted by the Olympics as official events.
- Badminton – became an Olympic sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics
- Baseball and Softball – were Olympic sports from 1992 (baseball)/1996 (softball) to 2008; returned at the Olympics in 2020 as optional sports.
- Beach volleyball - became an Olympic sport at the 1996 Summer Olympics
- Rugby sevens – became an Olympic sport at the 2016 Summer Olympics
- Taekwondo – became an Olympic sport at the 2000 Summer Olympics
- Trampoline – certain individual events were introduced at the 2000 Summer Olympics
- Triathlon – became an Olympic sport at the 2000 Summer Olympics
- Water polo (women) - became an Olympic sport at the 2000 Summer Olympics. (Men never competed in water polo in The World Games because it has been in all Summer Olympics since 1900.)
- Weightlifting (women) - became an Olympic sport at the 2000 Summer Olympics. (Men never competed in weightlifting in The World Games because it has been in all Summer Olympics since 1920.)