Vijender Singh skips boxing camp

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 06, 2013 08:35 hrs

New Delhi, Apr 6 (IBNS) Caught in a cesspool of controversy over his alleged use of drugs like heroin through an NRI drug dealer, star boxer Vijender Singh has skipped a boxing trial camp in Patiala which was key to his selection for the next tournament.

"Vijender will not be able to quality for the next tournament if he does not join the camp for trials. There is no chance if he does not come now for the camp," said Boxing Federation Vice President Nivaran Mukherjee.

Earlier on Wednesday, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) took blood and urine samples from Vijender Singh, accused of buying and consuming heroin.

The tests, meant to test him for athletic performance drugs and not for heroin, came on a day when his close friend and sparring partner Ram Singh was arrested by the Punjab Police.

Earlier, even as the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports asked NADA to carry out a heroin test on Vijender Singh, the agency said it will follow its own protocol as the athlete is out-of-competition, media reports said.

NADA said it cannot test Vijender for heroin since it is not in prohibited list for out of competition athletes.

Punjab Police has not yet given any clean chit to Vijender.

The Punjab Police a week ago alleged that Vijender Singh had taken heroin 12 times from a 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.

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