Mon, September 23, 2013

Hope Solo avoids ban after testing positive for banned substance

By QMI Agency


Team USA goalkeeper Hope Solo gestures during a match against Korea PRK at the women's World Cup in Germany, June 28, 2011. (ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP)

Goalkeeper Hope Solo of the U.S. national women's soccer team won't be suspended after testing positive for a banned substance.

Solo, 30, instead received a public warning from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after Canrenone showed up in a urine test, meaning she will be allowed to play for the U.S. at the London Olympics.

"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."

Losing Solo would have been a huge blow to the Americans. She backstopped the U.S. to the gold medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing.