The Indian Army has promoted Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar to the rank of Subedar Major from the rank of Subedar in the 16 Dogra Regiment.
Soon after he had won his Olympic medal in the 25 meter rapid fire pistol event.
Vijay Kumar had made it clear that he was unhappy about not getting a single promotion in the last six years, despite some major sporting achievements at the national and international level.
Sports Minister Ajay Maken took up the shooter''s cause and wrote to Defence Minister A.K. Antony, seeking special consideration for a man who has done India proud.