U.S. goalkeeper gets drug warning ahead of Olympic Games
U.S. women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo gets public warning from anti-doping agency after she tested positive for a banned diuretic, a substance Solo said she didn’t know was in premenstrual medication prescribed by her physician. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said it accepts Solo’s explanation, and U.S. Soccer said the warning will not prevent its best goalkeeper from competing in the 2012 Olympics in London or any other competition.
The first-choice goalkeeper tested positive for canrenone in a urine sample in June, according to the USADA. Canrenone is a diuretic, a type of substance that could help athletes pass drug tests by diluting their urine and often referred to as a masking agent, the Mayo Clinic said. “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, 30, said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer.