U.S. Women's Goalkeeper Hope Solo Tests Positive for Banned Substance; Still Playing in Olympics

U.S. Women's Goalkeeper Hope Solo Tests Positive for Banned Substance; Still Playing in Olympics

The U.S. Women's Soccer team dodged a major bullet today when goalkeeper Hope Solo tested positive for a banned substance called Canrenone, which is prohibited by the USADA, WADA and FIFA, stemming from June 15 drug test. The U.S. Anti-Doping Association eventually let Hope slide with just a warning after she claimed that her medication was responsible for the positive results.

“I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic. 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.”

In case you're wondering why Solo only received a mere slap on the wrist after her results came back with a banned substance, the USADA released their own statement regarding the matter:

Canrenone is classified as a Specified Substance, and therefore the presence of Canrenone in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction. Solo was taking a prescribed medication, in a therapeutic dose under the care of a physician. The medication when metabolized resulted in the adverse analytical finding.

The other countries and their fans will probably not let this info slip through the cracks.  

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[via Larry Brown Sports]

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