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Hope Solo issued 'public warning' by anti-doping agency

July 09, 2012|By Lance Pugmire
  • U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo says she worked with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency about a substance found in a prescribed medication she took.
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo says she worked with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency… (Drew Hallowell / Getty Images )

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency  issued a public warning to star U.S. women's soccer goalie Hope Solo after she tested positive for a banned substance found in a prescribed medication she took.

Solo, whose goalkeeping helped the U.S. reach the final of last year's Women's World Cup, will compete as scheduled in the upcoming Summer Games in London.

USADA said in a statement released Monday that Solo, 30, submitted on June 15 a urine test positive for Canrenone, which is found on the  World Anti-Doping Agency  prohibited list.

Since the substance was being used in a therapeutic dose under a physician's care, USADA issued the reduced sanction, with its Chief Executive Travis Tygart saying a thorough investigation resulted in discipline that was "fair and right."

"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 released by USADA. "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.

"As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter and I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.”

U.S. Soccer also issued a prepared statement on the matter:

"After discussions with Hope, we fully support her clarification that the positive test for Canrenone was due to the use of a prescribed medication from a personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes and not related to performance enhancement in any way. We fully cooperated with USADA during the disciplinary process to ensure it could be resolved quickly. Hope has accepted the public warning for her rule violation.

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