THE REST — 09 July 2012
Hope Solo Tests Positive For Banned Substance

Goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s soccer team, Hope Solo, has tested positive for a banned substance. So what did she do? She did what every athlete does when this is the case: claimed she had no idea what she took.

U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo received a public warning Monday from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after she tested positive for the banned substance Canrenone in a urine test.

Solo has accepted the warning and will still play for the United States in the Olympic tournament.

The 30-year-old Solo tested positive for Canrenone in a test on June 15.

“I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” Solo said in a statement. “Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.”

Canrenone is classified as a specified substance, so its presence in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction.

 

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