The supreme governing body of the IWGA is the General Meeting in which each Member Federation has one vote. The General Meeting is chaired by the President. Member Federations may designate a maximum of two Delegates, preferably the President and the Secretary General/Chief Executive Officer. General Meetings can be held whenever deemed necessary but one must be held each year as the "Annual General Meeting" (AGM).
The Executive Committee (ExCo) consists of the President, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Treasurer, the Vice President and three Members. It conducts its business under the direction of the President, who has full authority to manage the day-to-day affairs of IWGA. All members of the ExCo, with the exception of the CEO, are elected by the AGM to a four-year term following each edition of The World Games. The CEO is appointed by the ExCo. Terms and conditions of employment, as well as the job specification, are established by the ExCo. The CEO reports to the ExCo, of which he/she is a non-voting member.
When the General Meeting is not in session, the Executive Committee holds all powers that are not explicitly reserved to the General Meeting, and it is fully empowered to make decisions accordingly.The ExCo has, among others, the following tasks, responsibilities and powers:
- To conduct the business of the IWGA in the period between General Meetings.
- To prepare for the organization of the next World Games and start the preparatory work for the Games after that, and to arrange negotiations for contracts with the Host Cities and the participating International Sports Federations
- To establish and maintain partnership relations with sponsors and/or public institutions in the field of the media and sports communication
The Anti-Doping Panel is the independent jurisdictional organ of the IWGA for Anti-Doping matters. It considers and decides on anti-doping rule violations referred to it by the IWGA Medical Committee according to the provisions of the IWGA Anti-Doping Rules. Members of the Anti-Doping Panel cannot at the same time be members of the IWGA Executive Committee or any other IWGA Committee. Members of the Anti-Doping Panel exercise their duties independently according to the doctrines of the trias politica (separation of powers between legislature, executive and judiciary) and are not bound by any instructions of other IWGA organs regarding these duties.
The IWGA has committed itself to enacting doping controls at The World Games according to the policies and standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The IWGA Medical Commission is responsible for fixing all practical modalities for the doping control tests and procedures prior to and during The World Games.
For support in executing the assigned duties, the ExCo could propose the establishment of additional standing committees. The ExCo also has the right to set up and disband ad hoc committees where deemed essential.