Patiala/Chandigarh, Mar 10: Ram Singh, a super heavyweight boxer and friend of Olympic bronze-medalist Vijender Singh, has been expelled from the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala after he admitted to taking drugs.
The National Institute of Sports would oust Ram and not Vijender.
“For the time being, we will remove him, Ram Singh, from the camp, not Vijender. Definitely, we will remove Ram Singh from the camp,” said NIS Director L.S. Ranawat.
Meanwhile, India’s national boxing coach G.S. Sandhu defended Vijender, saying the latter was tested four to five times before Olympics and came out clean.
“He has been training here with us for the last ten years. He has gone through many tests. He was tested four to five times before Olympics. He has come out clean,” said Sandhu.
Ram Singh, who was Vijender Singh’s roommate in the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, said he and Vijender “consumed small quantities of drug” on a few occasions.
“We mistook it for food supplement, I consumed it 3-4 times and Vijender Singh also mistook it 2-3 times for food supplement,” said Singh.
The drugs was given to them by NRI Anup Singh Kahlon, the key accused in the Rs. 130 crore heroin haul case.
Vijender Singh had earlier denied any links with a man who was arrested in Punjab after 26 kgs of drugs worth 130 crores were found in his flat.
“I have nothing to do with these people. I do not know how my name has come up in this matter. I was in Mumbai for some work and had left my car at NIS Patiala. Nothing was found in my car,” he added. (ANI)