Vijender Singh ordered to take drugs test
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Boxing pin-up boy Vijender Singh was ordered by the sports ministry on Monday to take an immediate out-of-competition test after police said he had used heroin on several occasions.
Singh, whose middleweight bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics helped raise boxing's profile in India, landed in trouble after last month's $24 million drug haul in Punjab when a fellow boxer told the investigators he and Singh consumed heroin supplied by the drug dealer.
Singh has denied the allegation but Punjab Police on Sunday said the 27-year-old boxer had taken heroin on 12 occasions, prompting the sports ministry to ask the National Anti-Doping Agency to carry out a test on him.
"Such reports in respect of a sporting icon are disturbing and may have a debilitating influence on other sportspersons in the country," the ministry said in a statement.
"It has, therefore, been considered necessary that NADA gets a test carried out on Vijender Singh for his reported use of heroin even out-of-competition."
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Ed Osmond)
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this
- Malaysia military tracked missing plane to west coast - source
- Rupee retreats from 7-month high as shares fall
- India halts plan to join global bond indexes, defers Euroclear - sources
- WRAPUP 5-Malaysia military tracked missing plane to west coast-source
- Exports fall in February, may miss annual target
MISSING MALAYSIAN PLANE
Malaysia's military believes a jetliner missing for almost four days turned and flew hundreds of kilometres to the west after it last made contact with civilian air traffic control off the country's east coast, a senior officer told Reuters on Tuesday. Full Article | Slideshow