In a huge relief to Olympic bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh, the dope test conducted on him has turned out to be negative. The Sports Ministry on Tuesday said that Vijender’s blood and urine samples returned negative for banned substances, including that of heroin and psychotropic drugs.
“Vijender Singh, boxer, along with four others was subjected to an out-of-competition test for banned substances. A full menu test was conducted, which included testing for psychotropic substances. Tests were only carried out on blood and urine samples,” the Ministry stated in a release.
The tests were carried out by National Anti-Doping Agency on the request of the Sports Ministry, who had stepped in to clear the air on the Olympic medallist, who had maintained a stoic silence after his initial denial of having taken heroin. “The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is glad to announce that on the basis of these tests none of the boxers were found to have used any banned substances in the recent past,” a release said.
After refusing to undergo tests ever since the scandal broke out last month, Vijender’s urine and blood samples were taken by the NADA on April 3, but it is learnt that the tests were not specifically for heroin.
Vijender, who virtually went underground, had denied consuming heroin after the controversy broke out. Punjab Police had claimed that Vijender had consumed heroin 12 times after procuring it from alleged drug smugglers, including NRI Anoop Singh Kahlon.