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Sports Ministry asks NADA to test boxer Vijender Singh

Sports Ministry asks NADA to test boxer Vijender Singh
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The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Monday asked the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to carry out a test on Beijing Olympics bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh for the reported use of the recreational drug heroin.

In a communication sent to the director general of NADA, the ministry said reports have appeared in the media regarding alleged consumption of heroin by the pugilist.

‘Such reports in respect of a sporting icon are disturbing and may have a debilitating influence on other sportspersons in the country. It has, therefore, been considered necessary that NADA gets a test carried out on Shri Vijender Singh for his reported use of heroin even out-of-competition. The communication has asked NADA to carry out the test immediately under intimation to the Ministry,’ said a statement from the ministry.

Vijender allegedly consumed heroin 12 times from December 2012 to February 2013 while his colleague Ram Singh took it five times, Punjab police said on Sunday.

About Vijender, a police spokesman said: ‘In investigation, it has been established that boxersRam Singh and Vijender Singh took heroin from Anoop Singh Kahlon and Rocky for personal consumption.’


PUNJAB DRUGS RACKET HAS CHINESE CONNECTION TOO

Having busted an international drugs racket worth millions of dollars operating from Punjab, police said on Monday that there is a Chinese connection to the crime.

The drugs racket has already been linked to the UK, the Netherlands, Canada, and Afghanistan-Pakistan.

Police said five Chinese associates had visited Chandigarh in 2010 for a quality check of methamphetamine, a substance known as ‘Ice’ in rave party circles, and pseudophedrine, which is used as raw material in the manufacture of Ice.

‘The identity of the Chinese visitors has been established; further action is being taken,’ a police spokesman said.

No further details of the Chinese men have been disclosed so far, pending investigation.

Since the first seizure of over 28 kg heroin on 7 March, Punjab police claimed to have seized huge quantities of drugs, including lifestyle drugs used in parties, from various places. Based on international prices for these drugs, police said the haul was valued at Rs.484 crore.
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