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The Indian contingent won a total of 61 medals including 22 gold, 16 silver, and 23 bronze and finished fourth on the Commonwealth Games 2022 medals tally, behind Australia (178), England (176), and Canada (92). Reportedly, out of the three medal winner Indian para athletes at Birmingham, one sportsperson is currently under dope scanner after a prohibited substance was found in his urine sample.

The identity of the para athlete has not been disclosed yet and the reports have claimed that Morphine, which is a banned substance under the WADA code, was found in the athlete's urine sample.

PTI quoted a Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) official as saying, "We can't say this is a case of dope violation as the CWG organisers have not said so. Investigation is going on. They have asked some questions and we have given our reply. Let's see what is the decision."

The PCI official explained the matter as he said,  "The para sportsperson had taken a painkiller and declared this in the form submitted before giving the dope sample. The morphine which was allegedly found could have been in his system due to the painkiller.  The para sportsperson did not take any morphine and it (morphine) must be due to his body's reaction with the painkiller. We are hoping for a favourable decision."

The three medal-winning para athletes from the CWG 2022 include, para-powerlifter Sudhir, who won the gold medal in men's heavyweight, women's para-Table Tennis players Bhavina Patel and Sonalben Patel, who won gold and bronze medal respectively.