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Apr 02, 2013 at 09:32am IST

Drug haul: Vijender remains silent even as troubles continue to grow

New Delhi: Olympian boxer Vijender Singh continues to sink deeper into trouble with each passing day. The Sports Ministry has instructed the National Anti-doping Agency to test the boxing star for heroin consumption after the Punjab Police pointed towards repeated use of the drug by Vijender.

The master of the ring is now running short of a place to hide. Vijender has been accused by the Punjab Police of consuming heroin, not once, but 12 times between December 2012 and February 2013.

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Vijender hasn't been seen in public since his name was first linked to the scandal in March and has even refused to undergo medical tests. While the police seem to be adopting a hands-off approach, a concerned sports ministry has taken matters into its own hands.

It has ordered the National Anti-doping Agency to test the boxer saying, "Reports have appeared in the media regarding alleged consumption of heroin by Vijender Singh. 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."

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The one bit of good news for Vijender is that the police have ruled out his involvement in the drug racket. But the longer he stays clear of speaking in public, the more his reputation is damaged.