July 9, 2012
A PUBLIC WARNING
Solo gets rebuke from USADA
U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo was given a public warning by the United States Anti Doping Agency after testing positive for prohibited substance found in her medication
|Hope Solo received a public warning from the United States Anti Doping agency after testing positive for a banned substance.
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Solo, 30, tested positive for Canrenone as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample collected on June 15, 2012. Canrenone is prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the FIFA anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
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.
"I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic," said Solo in a statement issued by the USADA "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.”
U.S. Soccer says it fully cooperated with USADA during the disciplinary process to ensure it could be resolved quickly.
In a statement, U.S. Soccer said:
" After discussions with Hope, we fully support her clarification that the positive test for Canrenone was due to the use of a prescribed medication from a personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes and not related to performance enhancement in any way. "