Well it’s true, NDA provides ample of opportunities to the exceptionally talented candidates in sector of not only in Indian Armed Force but as well as sports too. There are number of officers from NDA who have remarkable achievements in sports. During NDA training candidate learn many indoor as well outdoor games. The purpose of indoor game is to made cadet mentally fit and for outdoor game physically fit.
Other than indoor and outdoor diversification we have a list of sports that NDA encourage to cadets:
Basketball, Archery, Shooting, Hockey, Football, Horse Riding, Volleyball, Sailing, Swimming, Athletics, Cricket, Golf, Lawn Tennis, Squash, Vault, Rowing, Table Tennis, Billiards, Table Soccer etc.
As the list defines NDA provide best facilities to their trainees, there are many candidates who are not in love with games before but later they too fall. Here we have a list of cadets who won best medals for our nation while serving in Indian Armed Force:
1. Athletic- Milkha Singh
The special title holder “flying Sikh”. The entry of Milkha Singh in sports is a major achievement for NDA. He won various Gold medal at various prestigious athletics games events. He entered in athletic during his service tenure in NDA. In addition to gold medal he also won many Asian Games Gold medal, commonwealth gold medal and Olympic bronze medal.
2. Shooting- Rajyacardhan Singh Rathore
he complete his graduation from NDA in early 90’s and served nation till 2013. He took voluntary retirement from army. He won Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, a gold medal for commonwealth game. Silver model.
3. Shooting- Jitu Rai
Jitu Rai was born in Nepal and he joined the 11 Gorkha Regiment in 2006. He joined as a sepoy and then reached the position of the Naib-subedar. Initially, Jitu Rai candidature for the Army shooting team was turned down by the selection team. But in the 2011 National Games, he proved his worth. He then went on to win gold medals at Asian Games, World Cup, and Commonwealth Games. He also credits his sporting career to the army training.
4. Shooting- Vijay Kumar
Vijay Kumar won a silver medal in 2012 Summer Olympics. After that, he went on to win 2 gold medals, one in a competition of 25 m rapid fire pistol and another at Commonwealth Games in 2006. He won the Bronze medal in Asian Games and silver at Asian Championship. He is still serving in the Indian Army as a Subedar Major in the 16 Battalion.
5. Marathon- Ram Singh Yadav
Ram Singh Yadav is the only second marathon runner to have made a place in the Olympics from India. He reached the Olympics qualification mark in Mumbai Marathon and was selected in 2012 London Olympics on the basis of it. His best is still left to be achieved. We are hoping that he will soon get into the list of top 10 very soon.
NDA provides a great opportunity that one can pursue a career in sports after the NDA training if he has exceptional talent. The chances to achieve greater heights at an individual level are more than in a group.
The frequent posting around the country hinders the team practice for the army personnel. However, if any of the cadets show exceptional qualities in any of the sport, NDA surely helps him/her to groom by giving all the world-class facilities and training. Simultaneously NDA also pay to the candidate during training period also.