Hope Solo receives public warning over banned drug
U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo became the latest professional athlete to come under suspicion for using performance enhancing drugs.
Solo tested positive for the diuretic Canrenone.
Canrenone itself is not the offending drug but diuretics are often used to conceal the use of other substances and so are prohibited by the US Anti-Doping Agency.
Solo, 30, accepted the public reprimand and explained the cause of the positive test in a statement issued Monday. She is still eligible to play for the U.S. at the London Games.
“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.”
Solo was given a public warning rather than a stricter punishment by proving that Canrenone was contained in a pre-menstrual medication that had been prescribed by her personal physician.
“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,” she said.
Athletes can avoid misunderstanding in matter such as this by researching new prescriptions and applying for permission to take any medication that contains a banned substance.
USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart said in a statement: “As in all cases, we thoroughly investigate the circumstances and always do what is fair and right for clean athletes and the integrity of sport.” (Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)
Solo and her teammates open group play against France on July 25th in Glasgow, Scotland.