Mohali drug haul: NADA refuses to test Vijender Singh for heroin consumption
Zeenews Sports Bureau
New Delhi: National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has refused to conduct heroin test on boxer Vijender Singh despite the Sports ministry’s request.
According to a leading new channel, NADA has cited World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) protocol as the reason behind the decision saying heroin testing is not in their prohibited list and it doesn’t form part of out of competition tests.
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NADA Director General Mukul Chaterjee had earlier said that heroin is a performance enhancing drug and the boxer will be punished if he is found guilty.
Sports ministry on Monday in a press release had said that, "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."
"The communication has asked NADA to carry out the test immediately under intimation to the Ministry," the release added.
Vijender’s name had cropped up in a massive drug haul Where the police had recovered 26 kg of heroin, estimated around Rs Rs 130 crore, from NRI Kahlon`s house in Shivalik Vihar in Zirakpur on March 7. The car of Vijender`s wife Archana was found by police near the NRI`s house..
Anoop Singh Kahlon, the NRI arrested in the drug haul, had confessed to have sold heroin to Vijender Singh and his sparring partner Ram Singh.
With PTI inputs