Boxing star & drug racket: How Vijender Singh defends self

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Vijender Singh with wife
Mohali, March 8: Hours after the shocking news on massive drugs haul in Mohali, Punjab, the boxing star of India - Vijender Singh overruled reports relating him with the drug racket.

Challenging the allegations, which have been hurled against him, Vijender claimed that he is ready to go for doping test. The boxer said, "If I abuse drugs, won't I be caught in dope tests? Even now, I am open to being tested if it is required."

"I am sure by evening everything will become clear. I have no links to any of the persons being named by the police," said the boxing star who currently is in Mumbai.

Police in Mohali seized heroin worth Rs 130 crore from a flat in Zirakpur, Mohali. Anup Singh Kahlon, a truck driver in Canada and is part of a drug network in Punjab, has been arrested regarding the case.

Khalon reportedly had told police that he used supply drugs to Vijender Singh and another boxer namely Ram Singh. Mohali police did not rule out the possible connection between the drug suppliers and the boxers.

Speaking to media, police officers were quoted as saying, "Nothing can be ruled out and we are probing the links between the accused and the boxers."

According to sources, Vijender Singh's wife's car was found outside the flat where the drugs were recovered. However, it is yet to be confirmed if heroin was found in Vijender's wife's car.

What Vijender said in self-defence:

During an interview with PTI, Vijender said - I am shocked. I am in Mumbai right now for work. My friends dropped me at the airport in my wife's car. I don't know how it reached outside that Zirakpur flat.

My friends could have used that car after dropping me but I don't understand how can my name be dragged into this. The police has already clarified that nothing was recovered from the car. And they have not even contacted me.

Meanwhile, Vijender's coach Gurbaksh Sandhu, who ealier had expressed shock over the news, claimed that Vijender's friend Ram Singh always drives his car.

Vijender, who was honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, won a bronze medal at 2006 Asian Games in Doha, a bronze at 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is the first Indian boxer who won an Olympic medal. Vijender was also the top-ranked boxer in middle-weight category in 2009.

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