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Indian government wants boxer tested

NEW DELHI (AP) - The Indian sports ministry has asked the national anti-doping body to conduct an out-of-competition test on a boxer after claims from police and local media he uses heroin.

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The ministry says the unusual move is necessary because if the claims about Olympic bronze medalist Vijender Singh are true, it ``may have a debilitating influence'' on other athletes.

Singh, who won middleweight bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games, denies using drugs.

Athletes are normally tested for recreational drugs only during events, while out-of-competition tests are conducted for performance-enhancing substances.

Singh has refused police permission to undergo tests to establish whether he is linked to a batch of heroin worth more than $25 million that was confiscated from an international criminal network.

Punjab Police said Sunday that Singh has been a regular user of heroin.

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