The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, in a press release, announced that Olympic boxer Vijender Singh among four other boxers emerged clean, testing negative, in the out-of-competition test for banned substances that was conducted.
“On the basis of these tests none of the boxers were found to have used any banned substances in the recent past,” the Ministry said. “A full menu test was conducted which included testing for psychotropic substances. Tests were only carried out on blood and urine samples,” the release further stated.
Vijender who is currently being investigated for alleged consumption of heroin had initially refused to give samples. The boxer, however, submitted his blood and urine samples in early April to the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) after the Sports Ministry directed NADA to test the star boxer for out-of-competition use of drugs.
Investigations into Vijender’s alleged heroin abuse began on 3 March after his wife’s car was found parked outside drug dealer Anoop Singh Kahlon’s house during a police raid. The Fatehgarh Sahib district police seized over 26 kg of drugs, including heroin, worth Rs 130 crore in that raid. Vijendra and his sparring partner Ram Singh have since been questioned several times by the police. Ram Singh was formally arrested on 3 April.