The idea is a brain child of the dynamic and innovative Mrs. Swapna Mansharamani, Principal, City Montessori School, R.D.S.O. Campus, Lucknow, India. Being an athlete and educationist, the idea originated from her as a gleam to outshine the other sports events. The concept was encouraged and augmented by the global visionaries and ambassadors for world peace Dr. Jagdish Gandhi, Founder Manager, City Montessori School & Mrs. (Dr.) Bharti Gandhi, Founder Director, City Montessori School who are also the recipient of the UNESCO Prize for Peace education.
Sports, as Mr. Gandhi believes, is the fabric that meshes together different cultures and brings under one canopy people of all nations.
The 1st EXSPO was inaugurated by Mr. Kapil Dev, The Century Player, and graced by the presence of Mrs. P. T. Usha, Shiny Wilson, Bahadur Prasad etc. 400 participants & officials from Sri Lanka and all over India participated in this event.
The 2nd EXSPO was inaugurated on 28th October 2003 by Shri Dara Singh, Former World Champion (Wrestling) & Member of Parliament. Mr. Ajay Jadeja, Ms. Shiny Wilson, Mr. Wilson Cherian, Mr. Bahadur Prasad, Mr. Ajit Wadekar, Mr. Jafar Iqbal graced the occasion to motivate the sportsmen. More than 600 participants & officials from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal & India participated in this event.
The 3rd EXSPO was held from 29th October to 3rd November 2004 and was inaugurated by Francis Fanthome, Chief Executive & Secretary- ICSE & ISC Board, New Delhi. Mr. Vikram Kaul, President, Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Trust, New Delhi was the Special Guest of Honour. More than 1000 Athletes & Officials from Pakistan, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and all over India participated in this mega event. Mr. P. Gopichand, Mr. Abhinn Shyam Gupta, Mr. Bharat Thakur, Ms. Sunita Rani, Mr. Sayad Rafat, Mr. Bahadur Prasad, Mr. Shakti Singh graced the occasion.
The 4th EXSPO was inaugurated by Mr. Rajeev Shukla, M P, journalist, Vice – President of Board of Cricket Control in India. Eminent sports personalities like Ms. Aparna Popat, Mr. Gyandendra Pandey and Mst. Sahaj Grover graced the occasion. More than 980 participants and officials from 10 nations participated in this mega event.
The 5th EXSPO was held from 28th October 2006 to 1st November 2006 and was inaugurated by Mr. R. K. Chaudhary, Sports Minister, Government of U P. About 50 teams from 7 nations participated in this mega sports event. Eminent celebrities like Mr. Milkha Singh, Mr. Jaspal Rana, Mrs. Bhagyashree and Mst. Budhia Singh graced the occasion.
The 6th EXSPO was held from 18th October 2008 to 21st October 2008. About 40 teams from 5 nations participated in this mega event. Eminent celebrities like Mr. G.S. Sandhu, Mr. Akhil Kumar, Ms. Alka Tomar, Mr. Ravindra Singh, Ms. Puja Sharma, Ms. Anita Mavi, Mr. Jabbar Singh Som and Mr. Sushil Kumar Rajput graced the occasion.
The 7th EXSPO was held from 28th October 2010 to 31st October 2010. Total 49 teams from 7 nations participated in this mega sports Olympiad. Eminent celebrities like Padamshree Mary Kom, Padamshree Eliza Nelson, Mr. Jata Shanker Singh, Mr. Dinesh Dondiyal, Mr. Manoj Jaggi, Mr. Paramjeet Singh, Mr. Lal Darda, Ms. Razia Zaidi, Mr. Anoop Kumar and many others graced the occasion.
The 8th EXSPO was held from 26th October to 29th October 2013. More than 600 participants & officials from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal & India participated in this mega event. Eminent personalities like Mr. V. S. Chauhan, The Iron Man of Asia, Ms. Rachna Govil, Ms. Arunima Sinha, Mr. Paramjeet Singh, Mr. Ali Murtaza, Mr. Yashpal Singh Kalsi and many others graced the occasion.
The 9th EXSPO was held from 25th October to 28th October 2015. About 50 teams from 7 nations and more than 700 participants & officials participated in this Olympiad. Ms. Sutapa Sanyal, Director General, Human Rights Commision, Mr. R. P. Singh, Mr. V. S. Chauhan, Padam Shri Arunima Sinha, Mr. Paramjeet Singh, Mr. T. P. Havelia, Mr. Sudhir Kumar and many others graced the function.