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Boxing: Indian sports ministry says Olympic medallist tests negative after heroin charge

Published on Apr 16, 2013 8:38 PM
 
Olympic boxing bronze medallist Vijender Singh (above) salutes after beating Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan during the men's 75kg boxing final competition in Guangzhou on Nov 26, 2010. Vijender was on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, cleared by the Indian sports ministry of using banned substances following a police charge that he consumed heroin. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Olympic boxing bronze medallist Vijender Singh was on Tuesday cleared by the Indian sports ministry of using banned substances following a police charge that he consumed heroin.

But Vijender, who won a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, remains out of the Indian squad for upcoming tournaments in Cyprus and Cuba pending the completion of police investigations against him.

The 27-year-old gave blood and urine samples to the National Anti-Doping Agency (Nada) earlier this month, with the test results on him and four other boxers returning negative.

"A full-menu test was conducted which included testing for psychotropic substances. Tests were only carried out on blood and urine samples," the sports ministry said in a statement.

 
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