July 9, 2012
Hope Solo avoids ban after testing positive for banned substance
By QMI Agency
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.