The buzz around Vijender Singh's 'hero-to-heroin' journey refuses to die down. A drug bust by the cops found a link to India's best-known boxer, and since then there have been allegations that Vijender regularly consumed the drug, that he was even part of a huge cartel. The truth, as always, remains shrouded in secrecy.
Now, because I have had close links with Indian boxing as a journalist, people have been asking, 'So, what really happened?' Uhh, no idea. As sports journalists, we aren't expected to delve into what an athlete does in his spare time, with his friends, in his bedroom, etc. Yes, some of us might chance upon bits of privileged information, but - for reasons of practicality as much as of the conscience - no non-tabloid sports reporter would consider going to town with the details. Still, to answer the original question: seriously, no idea.
The other question I've been fielding is: 'Is Vijender Singh the Vinod Kambli of boxing?' Simply, did success go to Vijender's head, did he lose focus, did the good life throw him off balance, like it did Kambli? In India, there's a cricketing parallel to practically anything you want to talk about.