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Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

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Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore AVSM born 29 January 1970 is an Indian politician and a former professional shooter As a shooter, competing in the double trap event, he won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games In a career spanning over a decade, he also won multiple medals at the Commonwealth and Asian Games He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2005

Rathore served as a commissioned officer in The Grenadiers regiment of the Indian Army before retiring in 2013 as a colonel Following his retirement from the Army and shooting, he became the member of the parliament for the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2014 In November 2014, was made the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting3


  • 1 Early life and military career
  • 2 Shooting career
  • 3 Political career
  • 4 Awards and recognitions
    • 41 Military awards
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life and military careeredit

Rathore was born in Jaisalmer Rajasthan as his maternal grandfather was posted there He belongs to a Rajput descendant of First king of Bikaner Rao Bikaji,s family based in BikanerRajyavardhan singhs 3 uncle living in Bikaner eldest uncle retd Brigadier Jagmal singh rathore highly decorated by indian army with Veer chakra & VsM and having a home stay shri ram heritage as well a resort in name of Rao Bikaji camel safari 2ed retd as doctor & 3rd one retd as sarpanch of Garebdeshar Village 45

Rathore is a graduate of the 77th Course of the prestigious National Defence Academy 6

After graduating from the NDA, Rathore attended the Indian Military Academy where he was awarded with the Sword of Honor for the best all-round Gentleman Cadet He was also the recipient of the Sikh Regiment Gold Medal, awarded to the best sportsman of the course

He was later commissioned in the 9th Grenadiers Mewar Regiment As part of his career in the Indian Army, he served in Jammu and Kashmir, where he participated in counter-terrorist operations His regiment was awarded with the Army Chief's Citation and the Governor of J&K's Citation for exemplary work

Shooting careeredit

At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Rathore won a Gold Medal and set a new Commonwealth Games Record of 192 targets out of 200, which still stands He also won the Team Gold Medal along with Moraad Ali Khan Rathore, went on to successfully defend his Commonwealth Champion title by winning the Gold Medal at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 He also won the Silver in the Team event with Vikram Bhatnagar He won Gold Medals in two World Shooting Championships, at Sydney in 2004 and Cairo in 2006

Rathore rose to prominence when he won the silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics It was India's first ever individual silver at the Olympics7

In 2006, Rathore won a Bronze Medal in the World Championship in Spain, an event held for the top 12 shooters of the world He was ranked third in the world for the most of 2003 and 2004 and briefly climbed to the first in early 2004 and second after the Athens Olympics He won a Bronze at the World Championship in 2003 for India after a gap of nearly 40 years India had not seen a victory since Karni Singh of Bikaner, who won a Silver at the 1962 World shooting Championship in Cairo Rathore is accredited for winning the Asian Clay Target Gold Medal for four times in a row from 2003 to 2006 He also holds an Individual Bronze Medal which at the Asian Games 2006 in Doha

Between 2002 and 2006 he won 25 International Medals at various championships for Double Trap

In 2011, Rathore participated in the Asian Clay Target Championship in Kuala Lumpur and won gold His score of 194 in that tournament equals world record8

Political careeredit

On 10 September 2013, Rathore joined Bharatiya Janata Party after taking retirement from the Indian Army9 He was elected as a MP in the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Jaipur Rural constituency10 On 9 November 2014, he was sworn-in as the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, under the Narendra Modi government 11

Awards and recognitionsedit

  • 2005 - Padma Shri12
  • 2004-2005 - the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Highest Sporting Honour of India
  • 2003-2004 - Arjuna Award
  • Ati Vishisht Seva Medal AVSM, military award for exceptional service, presented by the President of India on behalf of the Government of India
  • Rathore was the chosen flag bearer for India during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China13
  • Rathore was the chosen flag bearer for India during the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1990 - the Sword Of Honour For the Best All Round Officer Cadet at the Indian Military Academy
  • 1990 - the Sikh Regiment Gold Medal For the Best Sportsmen at the Indian Military Academy
  • 1989 - the Blazer Highest sports award at the National Defence Academy, Pune, India

Military awardsedit

Padma Shri Ati Vishist Seva Medal Special Service Medal
Sainya Seva Medal 50th Anniversary of Independence Medal 20 Years Long Service Medal 9 Years Long Service Medal


  1. ^ "A Sure Shot" The Tribune 21 August 2004 Retrieved 28 February 2017 
  2. ^ http://wwwissf-sportsorg/athletes/athleteashxpersonissfid=SHINDM2901197001
  3. ^ Vincent, Pheroze 10 November 2014 "Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: Olympian finds a place" The Hindu Retrieved 28 February 2017 
  4. ^ http://dailybhaskarcom/article/RAJ-JPR-narendra-modi-in-jaipur-bjp-woes-rajput-community-with-rajyavardhan-singh-rathor-4371668-PHOhtml
  5. ^ http://archiveindianexpresscom/news/assembly-polls-rajasthan-royals-divided-between-bjp-and-congress/1179601/
  6. ^ https://ndanicin/ndaaa/eminentpersonalityphp
  7. ^ "Shooter Rathore strikes silver" rediffcom 17 August 2004 
  8. ^ http://wwwissf-sportsorg/athletes/athleteashxpersonissfid=SHINDM2901197001
  9. ^ "Olympic medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore joins BJP" The Times of India 10 September 2013 
  10. ^ "Narendra Modi to also contest from Vadodara in Lok Sabha Election" IANS newsbiharprabhacom Retrieved 19 March 2014 
  11. ^ "'Come, Have Breakfast With Me and Take Oath, PM Modi Said': Rajyavardhan Rathore to NDTV" NDTV 10 November 2014 Retrieved 2014-11-10 
  12. ^ "Padma Awards" PDF Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India 2015 Retrieved July 21, 2015 
  13. ^ "ŠRathore to be India's flag bearer in Beijing" wwwndtvcom 2008-08-04 

External linksedit

  • "Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore", No 55 on Time’s list of "100 Olympic Athletes To Watch"
  • Weblog maintained by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Images & Videos

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