Age: 49 Years
Net Worth: Rs. 12.8 Crore
Wife: Gayathri Rathore
|Profession(s)||Politician, Shooter, Retired Army Personnel|
|Political Party||Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
|Political Journey||2013: Took voluntary retirement from the Army and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
2014: Elected as an MP from the Jaipur Rural seat of Rajasthan in Lok Sabha election and later that year, sworn-in as the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting
2017: Appointed as the Minister of Sports
2019: Elected to the 17the Lok Sabha after defeating senior Congress leader CP Joshi in Jaipur Rural by a margin of 3.32 lakh votes.
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height||in centimeters- 183 cm
in meters- 1.83 m
in Feet Inches- 6’ 0”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 80 kg
in Pounds- 176 lbs
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Team||Indian Shooting Team|
|Coach/Mentor||Sunny Thomas, Dr PSM Chandran|
|Records and Achievements (main ones)||• Won 2 Gold Medals at the 2003 Commonwealth Games, Manchester
• Won a Bronze Medal at the 2003 ISSF World Shotgun Cup, New Delhi
• Won Gold Medals from 2003 to 2006 at the Asian Clay Target
• Won a Bronze Medal at the World Shotgun Championships, Nicosia, Cyprus
• Won a Silver Medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Greece
• Won a Gold Medal at the 2004 Afro-Asian Games, Hyderabad
• Won a Gold Medal at the 2004 World Shooting Championships, Sydney
• Won a Gold Medal at the 2004 Czech Masters Cup, Czech Republic
• Won a Gold Medal in the men's 10-m air pistol competition at the 2005 National Games
• Won 5 Gold Medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne
• Won a Bronze Medal at the 2006 Asian Games, Doha
• Won a Gold Medal at the 2006 World Shooting Championships, Cairo
• Won a Gold Medal at the Asian Clay Shooting Championships, Bangkok
• Won a Gold Medal at the 2011 Asian Clay Target Championship, Kuala Lumpur
|Date of Birth||29 January 1970|
|Age (as in 2019)||49 Years|
|Birthplace||Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India|
|Hometown||Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India|
|College||National Defence Academy, Pune|
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)|
|Family||Father- Laxman Singh Rathore (Indian Army Personnel)
Mother- Manju Rathore
Sister- Ritu Chohan
|Address||C-26, Vaishali Marg, Vaishali Nagar Jaipur, Rajasthan|
|Hobbies||Listening to Music, Playing Golf, Hunting, Boxing|
|Controversies||• In May 2013, his name was dragged into a "failed" dope test that was conducted before the Athens Games in 2004. In the 2004 World Cup in Bangkok, he had tested positive for the 'A' sample, but the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) cleared him after he returned negative for his 'B' sample. Rathore felt that digging this issue after 9 years by National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) because the April 6 elections were declared "null and void" by the Delhi High Court in March 2013.
NRAI challenged the decision of allowing the plea of Rathore that the election was a 'sham and be quashed' as he was denied an opportunity to contest.
Taking note of Rathore's plea, the court said that denying him the right to contest elections was not justified.
• In February 2015, a false report on his remark on women journalist created controversy after he made comments on the role of women journalists during an interaction with women from the field of media at the Indian Women Press Corps. He said, "Your role could be far better utilized without going out in the field. Not that you should not go out. In the sense of safety and security, the working hours, conditions, and different roles attached as a mother, sister or a wife."
However, Rathore denied making such demeaning remarks on women journalists and said, "Wrong interpretation. My wife is an ex-soldier," read a tweet, while another added "False, false, false. Totally false, Shame."
|Favourite Politician||Narendra Modi|
|Favourite Authors||Paulo Coelho, Tony Robbins, Chetan Bhagat|
|Favourite Shooter||Abhinav Bindra|
|Favourite Gun||Perazzi Italian|
|Girls, Family & More|
|Wife/Spouse||Gayathri Rathore (Doctor - m. 1998-present)
|Children||Son- Manavaditya Singh Rathore
Daughter- Gauri Rathore
|Salary (as a Member of Parliament)||Rs. 1 Lakh + Other Allowances|
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs. 12.8 Crore (as in 2019)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
- Does Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore smoke?: Not Known
- Does Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore drink alcohol?: Not Known
- Multi-talented Rajyavardhan was born into a disciplined family as his father was an army man, and mother, a teacher.
- His father, Col L S Rathore, served in the infantry & fought in the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
- He had an interest in shooting since his childhood, and when he realized this, he started improving his skills with a greater amount of practice.
- In his younger days, he was equally good in cricket and was selected in the Madhya Pradesh cricket team for the Ranji Trophy, but his mother told him not to play cricket when he was in 10th standard as it would have hampered his studies. In the same standard, he was given a scholarship by the School Games Federation.
- Later he got selected in the prestigious National Defense Academy (NDA) and joined the Indian Army after receiving his training. When he was posted in the tough terrain of Kashmir, he restored his shooting skills.
- He won many medals at the NDA for which he was honoured with the NDA blazer, the highest sports honour of NDA.
- He also won gold medals in sports, such as – basketball, volleyball, cricket, boxing, and water polo at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), and for that, he was honoured with the ‘Blazer of IMA’ award.
- As Major in the Indian Army, he was conferred with the ‘Sword of Honor’ from Indian Military Academy in 1990.
- In 1996 he began his shooting training at the Army Marxman Infantry School at Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. Later, he continued his practice at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.
- In 1998, he stepped onto a shooting range when the army decided to build a shooting team.
- As Colonel in the Indian Army, he has rewarded the ‘Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM)’, a gallantry award, especially for his services in the 1999 Kargil war.
- When he won a Silver Medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, his family couldn’t see that proud moment on TV because of a cable operator’s strike.
- In 2004, he was honoured with the highest sports honour of India, the ‘Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award’ by the Government of India.
- On 3 September 2017, he succeeded Vijay Goel as India’s sports minister.