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India's Vijender Singh ordered to take drugs test

  • Indian boxing star Vijender Singh was ordered by the country’s sports ministry on Monday to take an immediate out-of-competition test following allegations he had used heroin.

    The news follows last month’s $24 million drug bust in the northern state of Punjab when a fellow boxer revealed to investigators that he and Singh consumed heroin supplied by the drug dealer.

    Singh, who won the bronze in the middleweight category at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has denied the accusation.

    However, the Punjab Police said on Sunday that the 27-year-old boxer had taken heroin on 12 occasions.

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

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