New Delhi: Just hours after the Sports Ministry asked the National Anti-Doping Agency or NADA to conduct a drug test on star boxer Vijender Singh, the anti-doping agency has said that it will follow its own protocol. The Olympian was on Sunday accused by the Punjab Police of buying and using heroin on 12 occasions in the last few months.
"We are an autonomous body and don't need to listen to anyone... We are however considering the ministry's request. NADA will do a sample test on Vijender. A substance test on Vijender was due. NADA though cannot test Vijender for heroin... it is not in prohibited list for out of competition athletes," officials from NADA told NDTV.
The ministry had earlier today described the allegations against the boxer as "disturbing and debilitating" and said, "it has, therefore, been considered necessary that NADA gets a test carried out on Vijender for his reported use of heroin even out-of-competition."