Indian athletes on higher ranks in the Indian defence forces

Recognizing the efforts and struggles of athletes

Indian athletes put their soul and heart into the sport while representing the nation on the international waters. While they bring back home gold medals, accolades, and recognition, they are also recognized were well at home. Though giving them a certain sum of money is part of the government curriculum, these athletes are also provided with ranks or some holding position in the Indian armed forces too. Be it from the field of cricket or relay race, or hockey, the nation has not left any stone unturned in acknowledging the efforts of our sports stars. Here is telling you about a few such Indian athletes who hold a position in the Indian armed forces.

Neeraj Chopra

An Indian track and field athlete in the javelin throw, Neeraj Chopra is currently the star Olympian of India. As of August 2021, he is ranked second internationally by World Athletics. While he won gold at his debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Chopra recently won two gold medals at the Meeting Cidade de Lisboa, Karslad Grand Prix, and a bronze medal at the Kuortane Games.  The 23-year-old athlete joined the Indian army as a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in 2016.


SubedarAmitPanghal has won a silver medal at the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships, a gold medal at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, and another gold medal at the 2019 Asian Boxing Championships. The 26-year-old boxer amateur, as of 2018, has been serving in the Indian army as an Army Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in the 22nd Battalion TheMahar Regiment. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the boxer was seeded no.1 in the 52 kg flyweight category by the Boxing Task Force.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

He is a former international cricketer and captain of the Indian cricket team. Currently, Dhoni is the captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), a team of the Indian Premier League. The cricketer is often considered the greatest captain of the Indian cricket team. He was awarded an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Territorial Army (106 Para TA battalion) for his service to the nation as a cricketer.

A few other sportspersons in Indian defence forces are Sachin Tendulkar joined the Indian Air Force with the rank of group captain, AbhinavBindra at the rank of Lieutenant colonel in the Indian army, JituRai joined the 11 Gorkha Regiment as a Sepoy, KapilDev, Vijay Kumar,  and Deepak Kumar.

Nirtika Pandita

A follower of Master Oogway, living by his words of Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the ‘Present’, I am trying to master the art of now. Keeping that in the center I am combining my professional prowess as a writer and nerves of a gastronaut to conquer the Saha world.
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