As well as the regular sports for the World Games, the International World Games Association, IWGA, can invite sports to participate and indoor rowing has been chosen along with American football, kickboxing and speedway.

Being hosted by Poland, the World Games caught the attention of the President of the Polish Rowing Federation, Ryszard Stadniuk. After the idea of having indoor rowing at the World Games was suggested by the then FISA President Denis Oswald, Stadniuk looked into having the sport included. 

"The hosting country has the right to add up to five 'sport for invitation'," says Stadniuk. "Together with the Polish Rowing Federation and FISA I started  the application process. One of the strong arguments (to include indoor rowing) was fact that since 1992 we have organised the Polish Indoor Rowing Championships in Wrocław and so many people already knew about our sport."

There were 21 sports that applied to be part of the 'sport of invitation' at the 2017 World Games. Indoor Rowing was narrowed down to nine and then after consultation, the World Games organising committee selected four sports. Indoor rowing was included.

The World Games is a multisport event that takes place every four years and is designed to include sports that are not in the Olympic Games. It also requires that the host city uses available facilities so that no new facilities may be constructed for the Games.

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