As the entire nation is celebrating the performance of athletes in the CWG 2018, lets remember a commonwealth gold medalist who not only proved his mettle on the field of sports but also proved his valour when his country needed the most. Subedar Major (Honorary Captain) Fateh Singh sacrificed his life while fighting with terrorist during an attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on 1st Jan 2016.
Singh won gold in the Big Bore Rifle Three Position event and silver medal in the Big Rifle Prone Position in the Commonwealth Shooting Championship at the Army shooting ranges in New Delhi in 1995. Singh was part of Army’s Marksmanship Unit in Mhow for many years He joined the Defense Security Corps (DSC) after retiring from the Army. Before being transferred to Pathankot he was posted in Mhow under Dogra Regiment. Singh was active in the sport till time of his martyrdom and was involved in training young shooters at the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU).
In the Commonwealth Games 2018, India has 26 gold medals, 20 Silver medals and 20 bronze medals. Athletes from Army Sports Institute (ASI), Pune have won seven medals, two gold, three silver and two bronze medals. Apart from them Naib Subedar Jitu Rai has also won gold medal in shooting. This is India’s best performance on the foreign land in such a big international event.