IIT Dharwad offers National Sports Organization (NSO) Course for First-year students in Athletics, Badminton, 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 a decent sports infrastructure in its transit campus. All Type V and Keeravani hostels have Table Tennis tables, Carom 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.
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. IIT Dharwad with a strong contingent of 87 players had participated in Inter IIT Sports Meet which has been held at IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bhubaneswar in the month of December 2019 and given good fight in all the competitions by going up to semi-finals in few events, we also started participating in Inter IIT staff meet for the first time in 2019.
For the Physical wellness of every student, Inter-branch (General championship) and Inter Hostel sports meet are organized every year, and also March past competitions will be held in between departments on every Republic day.
In this pandemic situation, IIT Dharwad Sports Department had Started Online Yoga and Sports classes for every student and Fit India virtual and physical run and cyclothon events. IIT Dharwad Sports is supported by Three Assistant Sports Officer.