The department of Physical Training and Sport was created in MPEI in 1948 by the lieutenant-colonel Sport Master of USSR V.A. Kiseliov. The department has its own sport-bases including the stadium with the track and field athletics, the field for mini-football with artificial covering, a closed and open tennis courts, an open sport playgrounds, the swimming pool, the sport complex with the large playing hall, the hall for heavy athletics, the hall for fitness aerobics, the hall for the table tennis.
The strongest MPEI sportsmen participate in traditional MPEI Sport Days in the form of the combined teams on 22 kinds of sport. The traditional Great Lefortovo Relay-Race between the teams of the MPEI Institutes is annually arranged beginning from 1945.
A great number of famous sportsmen worked at this department of MPEI. Among them were:
A.N. Ostapenko, Honored Worker of Russian physical culture, the Head of Students Sport Federation;
A.A. Kharlampiev, Honored USSR Master of Sport, Honored USSR Coach, the founder of Russian system of free-style wrestling SAMBO; P.V. Nikiforov, Honored Master of Sport, Honored USSR Coach of boxing, champion of Russia, one of the founders and organizers of soviet school of boxing; V.A. Kuznetsov, Honored USSR Master of Sport, Honored USSR Coach, multiple USSR champion in water polo; A.A. Korneev, Honored USSR swimming coach, who brought up in NRU MPEI V.G. Mazanov, who is the prize-winner of the Olympic Games and record-breaker of Europe and the world on swimming and V. Dvorkin, USSR champion in swimming.
Sport SAMBO division is headed by A.A. Kharlampiev pupil, V.V. Volostnykh, who trained 12 Masters of Sport on SAMBO and judo, four Masters of Sport on ju-jutsu, one Russian Master of Sport of international level on SAMBO, 25 Masters of Sport on SAMBO and seven Masters of Sport on the fighting sambo of the international level. Among Volostnykh’s pupils there are also the champions and prize-winners of All-Russia and international competitions, Europe and World SAMBO championships.
The NRU MPEI Central Section of Sport Orienting is headed by USSR Master of Sport T.F. Bortnovskaya. Prize-winner of the World Championship among the veterans, the champion of Russia in 2002-2004 years, who trained 5 Masters of Sport, 12 candidates to Master of Sport. Among Bortnovskaya’s pupils there are double world champion A. Chukariova, prize-winners of Russian Students Games. The NRU MPEI team in orienteering is the prize-winner from 2000 to 2009 years.
The division of the track and field athletics was headed for a long time by A.V. Kharitonova, the Honored Field Judge of All-Soviet level. NRU MPEI combined team track and field athletics team in 2002 took the second prize at the Moscow Cup Competition.