New Delhi: The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on Tuesday turned down the Sports Ministry’s order in which it was asked to conduct a heroin test on Olympian boxer Vijender Singh.

According to sources, NADA is authorized to test only performance enhancing drugs. NADA is also an autonomous body and it does not fall under the Government of India therefore it is not bound to follow the orders.

The experts also say that NADA cannot conduct the heroin test as it does not have such forensic lab.

The Sports Ministry on Monday directed the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to immediately carry out dope tests on star boxer Vijender Singh. The directions came a day after Punjab Police claimed that the star boxer took heroin 12 times, in a bid to put an end to the drug controversy.

Vijender's name had cropped up in the drug haul case after the SUV of his wife was found outside Kahlon's residence in Shivalik Vihar in Zirakpur when the contraband was recovered by Fatehgarh Sahib police on March 7.

In a communication sent to Director General of NADA, Mukul Chatterjee, the Sports Ministry has said that the reports in the media regarding alleged consumption of heroin by Beijing Olympic bronze medallist Vijender were disturbing and hence directed NADA to conduct a test on the boxer although its out-of-competition.

However, Vijender has denied having consumed heroin and could not immeditialy be reached for his comments on the latest development. On Sunday, Punjab Police claimed that Vijender had consumed heroin 12 times after procuring it from alleged drug smugglers including NRI Anoop Singh Kahlon.

Vijender, who is a deputy superintendent in Haryana Police, has been the face of Indian boxing ever since he won a historic bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Vijender has so far refused to give his blood and hair samples for the purpose.

(JPN/Agencies)

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