World Games sports
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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.
- 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.
Past TWG sports and disciplines
- Bodybuilding (Bodybuilding, Fitness) – Last contested in 2009
- Bowling (Nine-pin bowling) – Contested only in 2005 as official
- Casting – Last contested in 2005
- Lifesaving (Beach) – Last contested in 2009
- Flying Disc (Disc golf) – Contested only in 2001 as official
- Netball – Last contested in 1993
- Roller hockey (quad skate) - Last contested in 2001
- Sambo – Last contested in 1993
- Indoor cycling (Artistic cycling, Cycle ball) – Contested only in 1989 as official
- Cable Waterski - Contested only in 2005 as official
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; will return to the Olympics in 2020, though their status for subsequent Olympics is unknown at present
- 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
- 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.)
- 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.)
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- 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.