International Endeavors

Beginning of International contacts

Mandal arranged to send its able bodied members after their complete training here to foreign countries to learn their respective systems and if found useful to introduce them here on their return after training. Late Dr. Kokardekar, D.S Deshpande, Prof. R. D. Khaniwale were sent to Germany and Japan and they came back with flying colours. This encouraged the mandal to take part in International gatherings of physical education and sports by sending Indian representative teams since 1936.

Our Speakers Abroad

The Mandal’s Workers also gave lectures before the world audience at several occasions at the time of international congregations, beside holding group discussions .Theme of the lectures was “India’s Traditional culture and it’s philosophical and scientific basis”. At about nine different occasions speakers of the Mandal had spoken about modern forms of physical education from the International platforms.

Relation with International bodies

The mandal has maintained contacts with several international organization working in the field of physical education and allied disciplines. Workers of the mandal are in touch with the following organizations.

1 International federation of physical education(FIEP)
2 International federation of sports medicine.(FIMS)
3 Interational Association of the college of Physical Association
4 International Association of Physical Association & sports for girls and women (IAPESGW)
5 International council of, Helth, Physical education and Research.(ICHPER)
6 International council of Sports and Physical education(ICSPE).
7 International Association for History of Physical education and sports(HISPA)

Organization of Internal matches

The mandal take keen interest in the organization of matches of international status at it’s campus. so far following matches have been organized at mandal

1 Dec 1973 French national Hockey Team Vs Vidarbh Hockey team
2 Dec 1975 Maleshiyan Hockey Team vs Vidarbh Hockey Team
3 March 1975 First wrestling test match USSR Vs India

Deputation for higher studies abroad

Having achieved a prominent place in the social and educational life of the province and the country, the Mandal turned its attention to the study of some of the western eastern gymnastic systems as well. With this view in mind some of the life workers of the Mandal were twice deputed to attend the International Scout Jamborees held in Europe. The experience gained by these men created an urge for deputing young men, who could undergo higher study and earn diplomas of degrees of physical education in foreign countries. Accordingly late Dr. L. J. Kokardekar was deputed to Germany in the year 1929 and late Dr. D.S. Deshpande was deputed to Japan in 1930. These youths were also responsible for propagating the values of India’s traditional gymnastic exercise and games in Germany and Japan respectively and for creating interest about them among foreign experts. The efforts of late Dr. L.J. Kokardekar especially attracted the attention of no less an eminent authority on physical education than Dr. Carl Diem of Germany. Late Dr. D. S. Deshpande contributed several articles on Indian games and exercises in the Japanese papers and magazines.

Deputation for International courses and conferences

The Mandal has been deputing it’s scholars and workers abroad to undergo specialized courses in physical education and allied sciences. Similarly workers of the mandal participate in International conferences and take part in deliberations.

1Dr.S.W.Ganorkar1971Rome,ItalyTo undergo advance course in Sports Medicine
2Dr.N.N. Murkey1975Lough bourgh London, U.KTo attend International course in Sports Medicine
3Dr.Mrs. S.N Murkey1975Lough bourgh London, U.KTo attend International course in Sports Medicine
4Dr.V.A. Vaidya1973Burssels, Belgium50th World assembly of International feeration of P.E.
5Dr.V.D. Bapat1976Jyaskyla, FinlandInternational congress of Physical Education
6Dr.R.S. Pawar1979Patiala, IndiaOlympic Solidarity Assian Games in Sports Medicine
7Dr.A.N. Khodaskar1980Tokyo, JapanWorld zen Yoga Conference
8Prof.V.M. Sharma1981SingaporeAsian Archery official clinic
9Dr.S.H.Deshpande2010CubaWorld Congress on Physical Education organized by ICSSPE
10Dr.S.H.Deshpande2010Durban, South AfricaThe 7th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture
11Dr.S.H.Deshpande2013NetherlandsTAFISA World Congress
12Prof. Ravi Sahu, Narendra Gade and Mayur Dalal2014GermanyFireworks of Gymnastics Tour
13Dr. A.N. Khodaskar2014SeychellesEducational Tour to promote Yoga
14Dr. A.N. Khodaskar2014ShrilankaEducational Tour to promote Yoga
15Dr. A.N. Khodaskar2014MauritiusEducational Tour to promote Yoga
16Prof. Ravi Sahu2014Qualalumpur, MalaysiaInternational Certified Leadership Course
17Dr. A.N. Khodaskar2014KenyaEducational Tour to promote Yoga
18Dr. A.N. Khodaskar, Dr. K.K. Debnath2015ShrilankaExpert faculties on Yoga Atheltics


World tour on Bicycle

Mr.D. N. Dhonde, worker of the mandal, inspired with such programmes has started his world tour on bicycle on 2nd February 1980,from the mandal. So far, he has visited 40 countries covering Asia, Europe, Africa, South and north America with a distance of 45,000 K.M.

International Tours:

Founders of the Mandal were not satisfied by limiting their efforts to popularize our traditional system of physical culture in Indian States; they aspired for gaining international platform to display these activities to the sport-loving people of the world.

  1. The first such attempt was made by the Mandal in the yar 1936 at the time of XI Olympic Games in Berlin (Germany). A team of 28 players was deputed to participate in International Pedagogic Congress hosted in Berlin by the hosts of Olympic Games. Wide appreciation was received to the programme of this team. Traditional sports like Kabaddi, Atya Patya, Yoga System, Malkhamb, Lezim, etc. were demonstrated.
  2. Another successful participation was made by the Mandal’s team of 35 players and officials in ‘World Lingiad Festival’ at Sweden where an assembly of about 10 thousand sportsmen & women from various countries of the world was witnessed. Indian team was invited to present its programme in Switzerland, Denmark, England and Germany.
  3. In the year 1953 the Mandal was invited to participate in 3rd World Congress of Physical Education held in Istambul (Turkey). The team of 25 Players and officials was deputed to the Congress. Apart from its participation in the Congress, the team also visited neighboring countries like Iran, Iraq and Syria and presented its programme.

Then after the Mandal had received regular invitations of international gatherings from the respective bodies. Following table shows its participation in such congregations:

S. No.YearInternational OccasionCountries VisitedParticipations of
11933World Scout JamboreeBudapest - HungaryTeam of the Mandal
21936International sports pedagogic congressBerlinMen team of the Mandal
31949World Lingiyad festival and International Congress of P.E.Stockholm, SwedenMen team of the Mandal
419533rd World congress of Physical EducationIstambul, TurkeyMen team of the Mandal
519696th International women's Physical Education ConferenceJapan (Tokyo)Exclusively Girls & Women team of the Mandal
6197220th Munich Olympics - International student and youth CampMunich, Germany, EnglandMixed team of 18 boys & girls
719737th International women's Physical Education Conference(Teheran) IranGirls & Women team of the Mandal
819819th International women's Physical Education ConferenceArgentina, BrazilGirls & Women team of the Mandal
91982Children’s International Rainbow week(Toulouse) FranceMixed team of boys and girls below 14 years
101983International Handball TournamentTeroma - Italyteam
111985England and Western Europe TourEngland, Franceteam
121987International Conference of Physical Education(Czechoslavakia) Finland,(Moscow) Soviet RussiaGirls & Women team
131996International Pre-Olympics Scientific CongressDallas - Texas , U.S.A.Mixed team of men & women
1420125th World Sports For All organized by TAFISA and Europe tour to promote TSG and Global Conference on TPCS&GLithuania, Poland, Germany, France, U.K.Mixed team of men & women

From the year 1936 to 1996 the Mandal’s teams could conduct 12 International tours where in about 15 countries were visited and in about 40 cities demonstrations of India’s traditional physical culture were successfully organized. Scholars of the Mandal had also participated in International Congress & Seminars and presented scientific papers highlighting the philosophy, scientific principles and specialties of India’s age old system of physical culture. Regular research work is carried out in the Mandal’s Sports Research Laboratory in the field of Sports Sciences including ancient system of physical culture. The Mandal took initiative in organizing Ist International Basic Course in sports Medicine in the year 1976 at its premises. Organization of National level seminars on sports and allied sciences has become annual feature of the Mandal.