Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore first tasted success for India at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, where he won Gold in the both the individual and pairs category of the Double Trap event. He then went on to secure a bronze in the 2003 Shotgun Championships in Cyprus.
But probably his most memorable achievement as a shooter came the following year at the 2004 Athens Olympics, where he won a silver medal in the Double Trap event, which also turned to be India’s only medal in the Games. He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2004 for his silver medal-winning feat.
Two years later at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, he won Gold in the individual category of the Double Trap event and silver in the pair’s category of the same event and carried that form into the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, clinching the silver in Double Trap teams category and bronze in the individual category.
The 45-year-old also enjoyed a great time at the Asian Clay Target Championships, where he won 4 Gold medals and between 2002 and 2006, won a total of 25 International medals at various Double Trap championships.
Following his voluntary retirement from the Indian Army in 2013, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was sworn-in as the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting last year.