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International World Games Association

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International World Games Association
Formation 1981
Type Sports association
Headquarters Colorado Springs, Colorado, Flag usa.gif United States
Membership 37
Official languages English
President José Perurena

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


The IWGA was founded during 1981 in Seoul, Korea, as World Games Council by 12 international sports federations with a world-wide 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 organization. 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] Since 2005, the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) has had the contract to provide medical servies at the World Games.


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 world-wide significance but actually must not be in the programme of the olympic games.

The highest body of the IWGA ist 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

  • José Perurena López, president
  • Max Bishop, vize-president
  • Lukas Hinder, treasurer
  • Anna Arzhanova, member
  • Tom Dielen, member
  • Fumio Morooka, member
  • Joachim Grossow, CEO

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


External links

Other languages

et:Mall:Rahvusvahelised spordiföderatsioonidko:틀:국제 스포츠 연맹 pt:Predefinição:Federações esportivas internacionais Template:World Games Template:Sports of the World Games program