IIT Dharwad offers National Sports Organization (NSO) Course for First year students in Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball and Yoga.The NSO program is an audit course, which is an academic requirement need to be passed by all the first year students.
IIT Dharwad has decent sports infrastructure in its transit campus. All the hostels have table Tennis tables, Carrom board and Chess boards. The Institute has a common athletics field, cricket field, football field, hockey field, basketball court, tennis court, two volleyball courts and a weight lifting room. IIT Dharwad also has a well equipped Gym with a Gym Trainer.
IIT Dharwad Sports contingent has been participating in the Inter IIT Sports Meet since 2016, having secured its first medal in Para-power lifting in 2018. This year too, IIT Dharwad with a strong contingent of 87 players will be participating in the ensuing Inter IIT Sports Meet which will be held at IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bhubaneswar in the month of December 2019.
IIT Dharwad Sports is supported by a Senior Sports Officer with two Physical Education Instructors along with seven part-time Coaches.