The World Games sports comprise all the sports contested in The World Games.[1]

Sports

Disciplines from the same sport are grouped under the same color:

  Included in the Olympic program
Official sports
Sport (Discipline) Body 1981 1985 1989 1993 1997 2001 2005 2009 2013 2017 2022
Acrobatic gymnastics
FIG 15 15 5 5 5 5 5 5
Aerobic gymnastics
4 4 5 5 7 5 4
Rhythmic gymnastics
4 4 4 3 4 4
Trampoline and Tumbling
8 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4
Parkour
4
 
Artistic roller skating
FIRS 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3
Inline hockey
1 1 1 1 1
Roller hockey
1 1 1 1 1
Roller speed skating
8 12 10 10 10 10 12 10 18 18 18
 
Air sports
FAI 5 4 5 5 3 3 2
Archery
WA 4 4 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7
Beach handball
IHF 2 2 2 2 2 2
Billiards
WCBS 1 1 1 1 1 1
Boules sports
CMSB 1 2 2 2 4 6 8 8 12 4
Bowling
WB[s 1] 3 5 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 4 4
Canoe marathon
ICF 6 4
Canoe polo
ICF 2 2 2 2 2
Dancesport
WDSF 2 2 3 3 3 4 5
Finswimming
CMAS 12 17 14 14 16 10 10 10 10 14 16
Fistball
IFA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
Floorball
IFF 1 1 1
Flying disc
WFDF [2] 3 1 1 1 1 1
Ju-jitsu
JJIF 10 9 10 10 13 22 18
Karate
WKF 9 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12
Kickboxing
WAKO 7 6
Korfball
IKF 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Lacrosse (women's)
FIL 1 1
Lifesaving
ILS 10 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Muay Thai
IFMA 11 12
Orienteering
IOF 3 3 5 5 5 5
Pool
WCBS 2 2 2 2 2 2
Powerlifting
IPF 9 3 6 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 8
Racquetball
IRF 4 2 2 2 2 2
Snooker
WCBS 1 1 1 1 1 1
Softball
WBSC[s 2] 2 1 1996-2008 1 1 1
Sport climbing
IFSC 4 4 4 6 6
Squash
WSF 2 2 2 2 2 2
Sumo
IFS 8 8 8 8 8 8
Tug of war
TWIF 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3
Water skiing
IWWF 8 6 6 6 12 6 8 6 8 8 8
 
Previous official sports
Sport (Discipline) Body 81 85 89 93 97 01 05 09 13 17 22
Badminton
BWF 5 since 1992
Baseball
WBSC[s 2] 1 1992-2008 2020
Beach volleyball
FIVB 2 since 1996
Bodybuilding
IFBB 6 6 6 7 9 7 7 7
Casting
ICSF 11 12 13 12 6 6
Indoor cycling
UCI 5
Netball
INF 1 1 1
Rugby sevens
WR[s 3] 1 1 1 1 since 2016
Sambo
FIAS 17 9
Taekwondo
WTF 10 8 12 12 since 2000
Triathlon
ITU [2] 4 since 2000
Weightlifting (women)
IWF 9 since 2000
 
Invitational sports
Sport (Discipline) Body 81 85 89 93 97 01 05 09 13 17 22
Water polo (women)[s 4]
FINA 1 since 2000
Motocross
FIM
Speedway
1
Indoor motorcycle trials
1
Aikido
IAF
Bahn golf
WMSF
Boomerang
[2]
Baton twirling
Equestrian vaulting
FEI
Boule Lyonnaise[s 5]
CMSB 2
Military pentathlon
CISM 2
Pesäpallo
1
Tug of war (women)
TWIF 2 1
Gateball
WGU 1
American football
IFAF 1 1 2
Indoor hockey
FIH 2
Dragon boat
ICF 4 4
Tchoukball
FITB 2
Wushu
IWUF 13 16 10
Duathlon
ITU 2 3
Indoor rowing
FISA 7
Lacrosse (men's)
FIL 1
Wheelchair rugby
1
 
Medal Events 104 125 112 155 165 140 169 164 199 201 223
 
Official sports 15 20 19 21 23 27 31 31 32 27 30
Invitational sports 1 4 5 3 6 5 6 5 4 4 5
  1. ^ The world governing body for nine-pin and ten-pin bowling changed its name from Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs to World Bowling in 2014.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.[3]
  5. ^ From 2001 Boule Lyonnaise has been part of the Boules Sports program.

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.

References

  1. ^ "World Games". sports123.com. Archived from the original on June 17, 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "THE WORLD GAMES CONTINUE TO GROW!". TheWorldGames.org. IWGA. 2019. Retrieved 2021-07-14. (In 1989) Aikido and Minigolf were presented as invitational sports, and Triathlon, Boomerang and Flying Disc were among the demonstration sports. This was the first time there were sports demonstrations at The World Games.
  3. ^ Berkow, Ira (July 28, 1981). "Unheralded Sports Exert a Pull, Too". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  4. ^ After violations against the Anti-Doping Rules at the 2009 World Games, IWGA decided to suspend the sport from participating in the 2013 World Games in Cali. "IWGA - Body Building". theworldgames.org. Retrieved 3 July 2013.