New Delhi, Apr 1 (IBNS) The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on Monday said it has asked National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to carry out a test on star boxer Vijender Singh, even out-of-competition for reported use of heroin.
In a communication sent to Director General (NADA), the Ministry has said that reports have appeared in the media regarding alleged consumption of heroin by the Olympic medalist.
"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," said the ministry in a release on Monday.
"The communication has asked NADA to carry out the test immediately under intimation to the Ministry," it said.
Adding troubles to the boxer, the Punjab Police on Sunday alleged that Vijender Singh had taken heroin 12 times from an Non-Resident Indian (NRI) drug dealer who was earlier arrested.
The police said Vijender Singh bought drug along with his friend and fellow boxer Ram Singh from the dealer. They had purchased drugs from December to February this year, police said.