NADA rubbishes boxer Vijender Singh’s claim

Says boxer hasn’t given samples for test in the last 6 months
CHANDIGARH (TIP): Troubles seem to be mounting for Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh , who has been accused by the Punjab Police of not cooperating in a heroin smuggling case . The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on Wednesday rubbished the ace boxer’s claim that he had given samples to it for test in the last six months. In an interview to Headlines Today, NADA Director General Mukul Chatterjee said that Vijender had last given his sample in July 2012. He said heroin is a performance enhancing drug and if Punjab Police implicates the Olympian the agency would ban the boxer.

“We last took his samples in July last year… Heroin not only relaxes you, but relieves your pain and enhances performance… Once Punjab Police implicates him, we can ban him,” Chatterjee said. “Vijender is reluctant because he knows that if he gives hair and blood samples to Punjab Police, he will be caught. He is denying them and playing the game. He knows hair sample can prove his innocence or otherwise,” the NADA chief said. Following a raid in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib district, the police had found that the international boxer from Haryana was somehow linked to the drug peddling racket. Vijender’s friend and former sparring partner- national boxer Ram Singh, who was arrested by the police in the case after 26 kg heroin was recovered from an apartment recently- has admitted to consuming heroin with the Olympian.

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