New Delhi: As 2004 Athens Olympics silver medal winner Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore took over as the new sports minister, replacing Vijay Goel, here on Sunday, the sports fraternity congratulated him for his new role and pinned their hopes on the sportsperson-turned-politician to propel India to sporting glory.
Rathore earlier was the minister of state in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
Here are the reactions of various sportspersons on Twitter:
Delighted to see @Ra_THORe is the new sports minister . All the very very best !— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) September 3, 2017
@Ra_THORe your elevation raises hope because you have been there, done that & know what an athlete is made of. Heartiest Congratulations— Gagan Narang (@gaGunNarang) September 3, 2017
Wonderful to have a sportsman becoming the Sports Minister. Looking forward for Indian sports reaching new heights @Ra_THORe— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 3, 2017
Congrats @Ra_THORe on becoming the sports minister🙏I am sure under your able leadership Indian sports will reach greater heights👍Good luck😊— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 3, 2017
First Olympion to be Sports Minister of India.Rajyavardhan singh Rathore.Congratulations @Ra_THORe .— Randhir Singh (@RANDHIR1946) September 3, 2017
Heartily congratulations to @Ra_THORe sir on your new role... Good time ahead for indian sports..— Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) September 3, 2017