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Vijender Singh undergoes test

Vijender Singh undergoes test
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New Delhi (Agencies): Boxing icon Vijender Singh should go into rehab if he is found guilty of substance abuse, said Sports Minister Jitender Singh...

vij2New Delhi (Agencies): Boxing icon Vijender Singh should go into rehab if he is found guilty of substance abuse, said Sports Minister Jitender Singh said on Wednesday.

Wednesday morning, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) collected blood and urine samples from the Indian Olympic bronze-medallist boxer who took heroin 12 times, according to the Punjab Police.

27-year-old Vijender's alleged drug use has been a national headline since the police arrested an NRI in Punjab last month and found drugs worth Rs. 130 crores at his home.

The suspected drug dealer, Anoop Singh Kahlon, knew Vijender's sparring partner, Ram Singh, who has said that the boxers tried heroin as an adventure. Vijender has strongly denied any link to the drug dealer and has slammed as "ridiculous" the allegations against him.

The Sports Ministry on Monday said in a statement that it ordered NADA to carry out immediate tests on Vijender "for his reported use of heroin even out-of-competition."

Officials from NADA had earlier said Vijender was unlikely to be penalised since any drug use was done out-of-competition.A "Heroin is a banned drug, but an athlete can be punished only if he tests positive in 'in-competition' testing," NADA director-general Mukul Chatterjee told reporters.

"Vijender is not training for any competition these days, so he cannot be penalised."

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