Raja Randhir Singh
Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1979
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Patiāla, Punjab, India
Raja Randhir Singh is a former Olympic-level trap and skeet shooter and now sports administrator. He is currently the sole representative for India on the International Olympic Committee. He is a 1979 recipient of the Arjuna Award. He was born on 18 October 1946 in Patiala, Punjab, India. He was educated in Col. Brown School, Dehra Dun and earned a B.A. in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. He made his competitive senior shooting debut as an eighteen-year-old when he was part of the winning trap shooting team at the Indian National Championships in 1964. His team defended the title the next year, and he won his first national individual title in 1967 in skeet. He went on to win multiple titles at national level in both skeet and trap shooting. He became the first Indian shooter to win continental gold at the 1978 Asian Games in Bangkok. On home soil four years later, he won team silver at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. He competed at five Olympic Games from 1968 to 1984 in Mixed Trap. He was the second Indian, after Karni Singh, to compete at five Olympics. His best Olympic performance was 17th at the 1968 Olympics, two points behind Karni Singh and four points from bronze. He also competed at four Asian Games, winning a medal of each color.