Indian boxer tests negative in high-profile test

India’s sports ministry says Olympic boxing medalist Vijender

Singh has tested negative for banned substances after police

claimed last month he used heroin.

The ministry says in a statement on Tuesday that a ”full menu

test was conducted, which included testing for psychotropic


The National Anti-Doping Agency undertook the out-of-competition

tests at Vijender’s request after police in the northern state of

Punjab claimed Vijender’s name came up during an investigation into

a heroin haul worth more than $25 million.

Vijender, a middleweight bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing

Games, refused to undergo tests by police but agreed to tests by


Athletes are normally tested for recreational drugs only during

events. Out-of-competition tests are conducted for

performance-enhancing substances.)