Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore


Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore


Early Life:

Rathore was born on 29 January 1970 in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan to Colonel Lakshman Singh Rathore(retd).

Rathore is a graduate of the 77th Course of the National Defence Academy. 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 career:

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the eminent shooter came into the spotlight when he bagged the first individual silver medal for India in the Men’s Double Trap shooting event at the Summer Olympics of 2004 in Athens. He also won the gold medal in the team and individual events in the Men’s Double Trap at the Asian Clay Shooting Championships, 2005 that was held in Bangkok.

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. 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.


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

Awards and recognitions

  • 2005 – Padma Shri
  • 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, China.
  • 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).



  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajyavardhan_Singh_Rathore
  2. https://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/sports/rajyavardhan-singh-rathore.html



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