Vijender Singh: Olympic boxer takes dope test

Vijender Singh Vijender Singh returned with a bronze from the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Related Stories

India's Olympics medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh has taken a dope test after charges that he took heroin procured from alleged smugglers.

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has taken blood and urine samples from the boxer, who has denied the charges.

On Wednesday night, Punjab police arrested the boxer's sparring partner, Ram Singh.

Vijender Singh was questioned last month after police seized 26kg (57lbs) of heroin from a flat in Mohali.

Fifteen people, including a Canada-based Indian, were held in connection with the drug haul, believed to have a street value of 1.3bn rupees ($24m; £16m).

One of the arrested men allegedly said he had sold drugs to the boxer.

The boxer had refused to take a dope test ever since the scandal broke, but finally agreed to give samples on Wednesday.

"The blood and urine samples of Vijender and other boxers have been taken," Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said late on Wednesday.

"I will wait for the results before deciding on any action. I don't want to speculate. But even if Vijender has made a mistake, he should of course be punished or penalised, but after that his rehabilitation should start," the minister said.

Meanwhile, Punjab police on Wednesday night said the boxer's sparring partner, Ram Singh, had been arrested "for custodial interrogation".

They said they had recovered 5kg of a party drug from the home of one of his relatives at the weekend.

A few days ago, the police said in a statement that investigations had revealed that Vijender Singh "had consumed heroin about 12 times and Ram Singh about five times" between last December and February.

The police also said that the boxer had spoken on the phone a number of times to a man described as the main suspect, said to be based in Canada.

Vijender Singh became a national hero when he won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He also represented India at the London Games, although he did not win a medal.

The boxer has endorsed big brand names and makes regular appearances on reality television shows and at Bollywood parties.

He has also been awarded India's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award,

More on This Story

Related Stories

More India stories

RSS

Features

  • Peaky Blinders publicity shotBrum do

    Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic?


  • Oliver CromwellA brief history

    The 900-year-story behind the creation of a UK parliament


  • Image of Ankor Wat using lidarJungle Atlantis

    How lasers have revealed an ancient city beneath the forest


  • ShakespeareBard taste? Watch

    Are trailer videos on social media spoiling theatre?


  • Agents with the US Secret Service, such as this one, are responsible for guarding the presidentHard at work

    White House break-in adds to Secret Service woes


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.