Vijender Singh a drug addict? Why Boxer avoiding dope test?

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Amritsar, April 2: Indian boxing star Vijender Singh surprised all with his suspicious movements following which he is trying to avoid dope test. The star, who has landed in a controversial drug haul case in Punjab, allegedly is unavailable for the tests, claimed NADA officials on Tuesday, April 2.

National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) officials reportedly had tried to contact Vijender several times but failed to do so.

Vijender, who has missed three dope tests in last one month, soon may face a notice instructing him to "make himself available for 24 hours at the place of testing."

Speaking on the application, a Punjab police official was quoted as saying, "Hair sampling is a technical procedure. After a week-long deliberation with district attorneys and lab officials, we have learnt that hair cannot just be plucked and sent to any laboratory. Then, the validity and certainty of such a test requires Vijender's availability at the laboratory for 24 hours."

Earlier on Monday Sports Ministry stepped in to clear the air on the issue by subjecting the ace pugilist to dope tests. In a communication sent to Director General of NADA, Mukul Chatterjee, the Sports Ministry said that the reports in the media regarding alleged consumption of heroin by Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Vijender were disturbing and hence directed NADA to conduct a test on the boxer although its out-of-competition.

"Such reports in respect of a sporting icon are disturbing and may have a debilitating influence on other sportspersons in the country.

"It has, therefore, been considered necessary that NADA gets a test carried out on Vijender Singh for his reported use of heroin even out-of-competition," a press release isued by the the Ministry said.

"The communication has asked NADA to carry out the test immediately under intimation to the Ministry," the release added.

Vijender has denied having consumed heroin and could not immeditialy be reached for his comments on the latest development.

Punjab Police on Sunday claimed that Vijender had consumed heroin 12 times after procuring it from alleged drug smugglers including NRI Anoop Singh Kahlon.

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