Vijender Singh has been dropped from upcoming tournaments in Cyprus and Cuba.
The 27-year-old had skipped boxing trials in Patiala yesterday and today. The vice-president of the Boxing Federation Nivaran Mukherjee had said that Vijender would not be considered for selection if he missed the trials.
The Federation also issued a statement claiming that they hope Vijender 'comes out clean' from the drug controversy surrounding him.
"Vijender is not out of the team, but he will not participate in the tournaments in Cyprus and Cuba," said Abhishek Matoria, President of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation.
The Olympian will therefore miss training camps and two International Tournaments in Cuba, the Cardova Cardin and the Roberto Balado Cup. The Cordova Cardin International Boxing Tournament will start on 4th June 2013 while Roberto Balado cup will be held in Cuba from June 19th to 23rd.
However, this development is not expected to affect Vijender's preparation for the World Championship's later this year. The World Championship, which is the only major boxing tournament this year will be held in Kazakhstan from October 4 to October 13.
"I have been in constant touch with Vijender and he has assured me that he does not have any involvement with drugs. He has told me that he will come out clean from the enquiry," added Matoria.
"At the moment, Vijender is under severe pressure. He is hopeful of being given a clean chit in the next ten days or so. And then he will get back to boxing. Vijender is very much an important part of the Indian boxing fraternity," said Matoria.
Last Sunday, the Punjab Police said Vijender, an Olympic bronze-medallist boxer, took heroin 12 times, but did not explain how it had concluded this.
Earlier this week Vijender had submitted blood and urine samples to the National Anti-Doping Agency or NADA. However, the blood and urine tests may not help ascertain if the boxer consumed heroine. The drug does not last for more than 12 hours in blood and three days in urine. Only a hair sample of Vijender's can now prove whether he took heroin or not, since traces of the drug can be found in hair for up to three months. NADA says they do not have the facility to test hair samples.
Vijender has also strongly denied any link to Anoop Singh Kahlon, the alleged drug dealer arrested last monthÂ in Punjab in connection with the case and has slammed as "ridiculous" the allegations against him.
Matoria also added that the police will have to take a decision on the future of boxer Ram Singh, who is under detention in the multi-million dollar drug racket. Ram Singh had previously said that he and Olympics bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh had tried drugs, but just for the sake of "adventure".
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