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Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, AVSM, (born 29 January 1970) is an Indian politician and former Olympian. Rathore is a Member of Parliament (MP) in Lok Sabha from Jaipur Rural seat. He served as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in the Government of India till May 2019.[4] He served in Indian Army and retired as Colonel.

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

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Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information and Broadcasting
In office
9 November 2014 – 24 May 2019
Independent Charge from 24 May 2018
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded bySmriti Irani
Succeeded byPrakash Javadekar
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports
In office
3 September 2017 – 24 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byVijay Goel
Succeeded byKiren Rijiju
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded byLalchand Kataria
ConstituencyJaipur Rural
Majority3,32,896 (32.84%)
Personal details
Born (1970-01-29) 29 January 1970 (age 49)
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Gayatri Rathore (m. 1997)
RelationsCol. Laxman Singh Rathore (Father)
Alma mater
Military service
Allegiance India
Branch/service Indian Army
Years of service1990 - 2013
Unit9th Grenadiers
Battles/warsKargil War[2]
AwardsPadma Shri
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Sports career
Event(s)Double trap

He won 25 international medals at various championships for Double Trap Shooting including a Silver medal at 2004 Summer Olympics in Men's Double Trap event.[5][6]

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 Broadcasting.[7] Rathore was appointed as a Cabinet minister with independent charge for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2017.[8]

Early life and military careerEdit

Rathore was born in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan to Colonel Lakshman Singh Rathore (retd). He is married to Gayatri Rathore, a doctor by profession in Indian Army.[9]

Rathore is a graduate of the 77th Course of the National Defence Academy.[10] 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.[9]

He was later commissioned in the 9th Grenadiers (Mewar) Regiment on 15 December 1990. He was promoted to lieutenant on 15 December 1992 and to captain on 15 December 1995.[11][12] Rathore fought in the Kargil War,[2] and was promoted to major on 15 December 2000.[13] 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.[9] He was promoted to lieutenant-colonel on 16 December 2004,[14] and to his final rank of colonel on 1 May 2009.[15]

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 Olympics.[16][9]

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 Silver at the World Championship in 2003 in Sydney for India after a gap of nearly 40 years.[9] 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 record.[3]

Political careerEdit

On 10 September 2013, Rathore joined Bharatiya Janata Party after taking retirement from the Indian Army.[17] He was elected as an MP in the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Jaipur Rural constituency.[18] On 9 November 2014, he was sworn-in as the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, under the Narendra Modi government. [19] He was appointed as the Minister of Sports on 3 September 2017. In May 2018 , he became Minister of State (I/C) for Information & Broadcasting. [9]

Awards and recognitionsEdit

Military awardsEdit

Padma Shri
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Special Service Medal
Operation Vijay Star
Operation Vijay 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. ^ a b "Work smart rather than just hard". Rediff India Abroad. 10 June 2006. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
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  4. ^ "Rathore".
  5. ^ "Rathore Medals".
  6. ^ [Shooting_at_the_2004_Summer_Olympics_–_Men%27s_double_trap "Wikipedia - Shooting at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's double trap"] Check |url= value (help).
  7. ^ Vincent, Pheroze (10 November 2014). "Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore: Olympian finds a place". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  8. ^ Ravinder, Singh (3 September 2017). "Sports Minister". Times Of India. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Olympic silver medallist appointed sports minister", Hindustan Times, 3 September 2017
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  11. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 9 October 1993. p. 1871.
  12. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 23 March 1996. p. 390.
  13. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 15 December 2001. p. 1464.
  14. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 3 December 2005. p. 2419.
  15. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 27 November 2010. p. 2207.
  16. ^ "Shooter Rathore strikes silver". 17 August 2004.
  17. ^ "Olympic medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore joins BJP". The Times of India. 10 September 2013.
  18. ^ "Narendra Modi to also contest from Vadodara in Lok Sabha Election". IANS. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  19. ^ "'Come, Have Breakfast With Me and Take Oath, PM Modi Said': Rajyavardhan Rathore to NDTV". NDTV. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  20. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  21. ^ "ŠRathore to be India's flag bearer in Beijing". 4 August 2008.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Lalchand Kataria
Member of Parliament
for Jaipur Rural

2014 – Present
Political offices
Preceded by
Smriti Irani
Minister of Information and Broadcasting
14 May 2018 – 31 May 2019
Minister of State with Independent Charge
Succeeded by
Prakash Javadekar

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