International World Games Association

International World Games Association (IWGA)
Formation 1981
Type Sports association
Headquarters Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Official language
José Perurena López

The International World Games Association (IWGA) is an international association, recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), that organises every four years since 1981 the multi-sport event called the World Games.


The IWGA was founded during 1981 in Seoul, South Korea, as World Games Council by 12 international sports federations with a worldwide dissemination, of that were not yet part of the Olympic Games. The intention was to increase the popularity of the sports represented by these federations. The IWGA was constituted under Swiss law as a non-governmental and non-profit-making organisation. In 1996 the World Games Council was renamed into International World Games Association. Since its creation, the number of member federations has increased to 37 with the most recent admission being the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur in April 2014.[1]


Federations that intend to become a member of the IWGA have to be part of SportAccord. The IWGA itself is also a member of SportAccord and is represented on its council. Sports that want to be recognised by the IWGA need to have a worldwide significance but actually must not be in the programme of the olympic games.

The highest body of the IWGA is the general meeting, that takes place each four years one year after the World Games event. The general meeting elects a seven-member executive committee that hosts four years and also decides about upcoming host cities for the World Games.

Executive Committee

Member federations

The following 37 international sports federations are members of IWGA.[2][3]

Sport Organisation
Aikido International Aikido Federation
Air sports World Air Sports Federation
Archery World Archery Federation
Billiard sports World Confederation of Billiard Sports
Bodybuilding & Fitness International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness
Boules sports Confédération Mondiale des Sports de Boules
Bowling International Bowling Federation
Canoe International Canoe Federation
Casting International Casting Sport Federation
DanceSport World DanceSport Federation
Fistball International Fistball Association
Floorball International Floorball Federation
Flying disc World Flying Disc Federation
Gymnastics International Gymnastics Federation
Handball International Handball Federation
Hockey International Hockey Federation
Ju-Jitsu Ju-Jitsu International Federation
Karate World Karate Federation
Kickboxing World Association of Kickboxing Organizations
Korfball International Korfball Federation
Lacrosse Federation of International Lacrosse
Life saving International Life Saving Federation
Muay Thai International Federation of Muaythai Amateur
Netball International Federation of Netball Associations
Orienteering International Orienteering Federation
Powerlifting International Powerlifting Federation
Racquetball International Racquetball Federation
Roller Sports International Roller Sports Federation
Rugby International Rugby Board
Softball International Softball Federation
Sport Climbing International Federation of Sport Climbing
Squash World Squash Federation
Sumo International Sumo Federation
Surfing International Surfing Association
Tug of War Tug of War International Federation
Underwater sports Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques
Water Ski & Wakeboard International Water Ski Federation

See also


  1. "IWGA Flag Presented to Muaythai Federation President Proud, New Member of World Games Family". International World Games Association. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  2. "IWGA - Members". Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  3. "IWGA - The Sports". Retrieved 6 June 2012.
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