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5 Indian sportspersons who served in the Indian Army

Rathore was given an Army excellen award
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Modified 28 Feb 2015, 17:24 IST
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The primary job of an Army is to protect the country from any extrinsic threats whatsoever, however, the Indian army, over the years has taken up another role. They have taken up several talent generation programmes to help promote Indian sports.If you have a look at our medal winners, so far they have been more than successful. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, India’s first individual Olympic silver medallist post-independence has attributed his success to the Army.One sport in particular, which has done well under their guidance, is shooting. So, let’s have a look at five best Indian sportspersons from the Indian Army. 

#1 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Shooting)

Rathore was a graduate of the National Defence Academy in the early 90’s and served as a member till 2013. He took voluntary retirement from the Army as Colonel, before joining politics.

His political career has been as successful as his sporting career. The 45-year old was recently sworn in as Minister of State (MoS) of the Information and Broadcasting ministry.  

Apart from the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, he was also awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) for Military excellence

Rathore won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and an Olympic silver for India, highlighting the quality of nurturing being done by the Indian Army. 

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Published 28 Feb 2015, 17:07 IST
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