Hope Solo Fails Drug Test; Won't Affect Her Involvement in Olympics

 @http://twitter.com/jtalty on July 09 2012 4:46 PM
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U.S. women's soccer goalie Hope Solo tested positive for Canrenone, a diuretic, on June 15, a day before the team's friendly against Sweden.

The drug, which is not a performance-enhancer, was prescribed to Solo for pre-menstrual purposes, according to the talented goalkeeper. Solo said in a statement:

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.

Solo will not be suspended for testing positive for the diuretic, which is a USADA-banned substance, but will be issued a public warning. The positive test will have no impact on her involvement in the London Olympics later this month.

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