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Mistook drugs for food supplements: Ram

Mistook drugs for food supplements: Ram
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In a massive blow to star Indian boxer Vijender Singh, his friend and fellow boxer Ram Singh has claimed the Olympic bronze-medallist consumed drugs with him on a few occasions but insisted that the duo mistook the contraband for food supplements.

Ram, a super heavyweight boxer who was Vijender’s roommate in the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, said he and Vijender ‘consumed small quantities of drug’on a few occasions.’ It was given to them by NRI Anup Singh Kahlon, the key accused in the Rs 130 crore heroin haul case, who attempted suicide in police custody yesterday.

‘When we got to know that the substance we took was a drug and not food supplement, we stopped taking it. Vijender took it two-three times in January and February but he stopped after coming to know that it was a drug,’ he claimed. Earlier, sources in Punjab Police said Ram had told the police during his questioning that former world number one Vijender, who is currently employed as DSP with the Haryana Police, and had consumed 1-3 grams of heroin given to them by Kahlon.


NADA UNLIKELY TO TEST VIJENDER SINGH


Olympic bronze-medallist Vijender Singh is unlikely to be tested by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) despite claims by his sparring partner Ram Singh that the star boxer consumed small amounts of heroin. Sources in the NADA said Vijender’s case was a matter to be investigated by the police and the anti-doping agency has no role in this. ‘It’s basically a police and narcotics case and the NADA is not in the scene,’ a top NADA source said. The source said under WADA code, NADA can’t conduct out-of-competition testing to detect consumption of heroin.
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