Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is a sports personality and an army officer who is a politician now. Born on 29th January 1970 in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, he developed an interest in joining the army since his childhood, as his father was an army officer. His father is a retired col Lakshman Singh Rathore and his mother is Manju Rathore. He did his Bachelor's degree in BA, instructor –Weapons and Grading Tactics course. He studied at Infantry school and then at National Defense Academy in Pune. After completing his course in NDA, Rathore went to Indian Military Academy. He won the best all-round Gentleman Cadet and received the Sword of Honor. Later, he was awarded Sikh Regiment Gold Medal for the best sportsman.
From the Grenadiers, he was promoted to lieutenant in 1992 and then as Captain in 1995. He fought for the nation in Kargil War. Rathore was promoted as a Major in 2000. Rathore was promoted to lieutenant-colonel in 2004 and colonel in 2009. In 2013, he retired from the army. While serving in the army, he took part in the Olympics and won a medal for the country. In 2004 Rathore took part in the Men’s Double Trap event in Summer Olympics and grabbed a Silver medal. Apart from the Olympics, he also took part in various international games and won 25 medals for the nation. In 2014, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and became an MP. In the same year, he was given a post as a Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting. In 2017, he became the Cabinet Minister for the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Rathore won a Gold Medal in association with
Moraad Ali Khan
for the team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, held in Manchester. In 2006, he won gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and retained the Commonwealth Champion title. In 2004, he won a gold medal in Sydney and in the same year, Rathore won a silver medal at Athens Olympics.
In 2006, he won a gold medal in Cairo. In the same year, he won a bronze medal in Spain. It was the World Championship that was held for the world’s top twelve shooters. After 1962, India didn’t make it big in the World Shooting Championship and after 40 years, India got a medal in 2003 at Sydney. Rathore is married to Gayathri in 1997 and the couple has two children. Gayathri is a doctor and she works in the Indian Army.