Some of the top Olympians who have excelled in sports have since been active in politics. Among such Indian Olympians, two also became Union Ministers. Among the Olympians in politics, Aslam Sher Khan, a member of the Indian team that won the World Hockey Cup and archer Colonel Rajvardhan Singh Rathore are particularly noteworthy.While some others became MLAs by winning Assembly elections in different states
Olympian Aslam Sher Khan was active in politics and became a Minister :
Aslam Sher Khan was elected to the 8th Lok Sabha from Betul Lok Sabha constituency in Madhya Pradesh on a Congress party ticket. This was the election when the Congress, after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, won again under the leadership of Rajiv Gandhi by showing the rise of ‘Sikh terrorism’ all over India. Rajiv Gandhi had also made Aslam a minister in his cabinet. But Aslam lost the election in 1989 during VP Singh’s revolt against Rajiv Gandhi. In 1991, he again won the constituency. But the 1996 election was lost again. He left the Congress a year later and joined the BJP, but it was not long before he parted ways with the BJP leaders. Two years later, he severed ties with the BJP and joined the Nationalist Congress formed by former Assembly Speaker PA Sangam. He contested the 1999 Lok Sabha elections from Bhopal constituency as an NCP candidate but lost again. He changed his party for the third time and returned home to join the Congress and contested from Sagar Lok Sabha constituency in 2009 but could not win this time either.
Olympian Rajwadhan Rathore is now also active in politics and became Union Minister in India:
Colonel Rajwadhan Rathore, an AVSM Award winner from Olympian to politician, was born on January 29, 1970. Rathore was elected a Member of Parliament from the Jaipur rural seat in the 17th Lok Sabha and was appointed Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during 2014-2019.
He won 25 international medals at various championships in double trap shooting, including a silver medal in the men’s double trap event at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Before retiring as a colonel in 2013, Rathore was a commissioned officer in the Indian Army’s Grenadiers Regiment.
Among other Olympians in Punjab, Pargat Singh is a former Shiromani Akali and now a Congress MLA. Similarly, in Haryana, Babita Fogat had contested the Assembly elections from the BJP and boxer Vijender Singh had contested the Lok Sabha elections from the Congress. Apart from this, some other Olympians have also become MLAs in different states or have tried their luck in Assembly and Lok Sabha elections from different parties. Apart from the Olympians, many famous players of the Indian cricket team have also been active in politics. Among them, Chetan Chauhan has been a Member of the Lok Sabha and a Union Minister. Kirti Azad and famous Punjab leader Navjot Singh Sidhu also entered politics from cricket.