Soldier slain in Pathankot attack was Commonwealth gold medallist
Shooter Fateh Singh was among the Armed Forces casualties in the ongoing melee following the terror attacks in Pathankot, in the Indian state of Punjab.
The big bore shooter had participated in the first Commonwealth Shooting Championships hosted in New Delhi in 1995, winning one gold and a silver medal at the event.
Following his retirement from the army, Singh was part of the Defense Security Corps, and only recently was transferred to Pathankot. Despite having not competed in a significant period of time, Singh continued to work on his shooting skills, even training young shooters, according to AMU commanding officer Colonel Lalit Sharma.
Several figures in the community condoled his death, with India’s sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal saying "The nation lost one of its foremost big bore rifle shooter & coach, Subedar Fateh Singh when he was martyred while fighting terrorists.”
Sub Mj Singh was a star performer during the 1st Commonwealth Shooting Championship & won 2 gold & 1 silver.I salute Sub Mj Fateh Singh(2/2)— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) January 3, 2016
Raninder Singh, the President of the National Rifle Association of India, also expressed his grief at Singh's passing.
Veteran Indian shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who won silver for the country in the men’s double trap event at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, offered his condolences via social media:
More to follow.