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