In some relief for the Indian boxer Vijender Singh, the recent drug tests conducted on him have returned negative. The sportsman was tested for prohibited substances including heroin. On April 16, 2013, the sports ministry announced that the blood samples of Vijender, along with four more boxers have returned negative.
The orders for the tests were given by the sport minister Jitendra Singh. For more than a month, Vijender has been virtually untraceable and has also not attended the national camp at NIS Patiala, where the rest of the boxers are receiving their training.
As far as anti-doping issue is concerned, Vijender is clear of the charges due to the sample results. However, the ministry said that the boxer will not be allowed to attend the ongoing camp. PK Deb, the sports secretary said, “There were a couple of reasons why we got Vijender tested at this point of time”. Deb went on to say that the boxer was not tested for almost a year and that they wanted to check the results of the out-of competition tests.
The tests were conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency on April 3, 2013, as a part of the competition tests.