Hope Solo kicking the ball. (Photo : REUTERS/Andy Clark)
The goalkeeper for the U.S. national womens soccer team has been publicly warned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for Canrenone.
The 30-year-old soccer star denied that she had any intentions of improving her performance on the field. She tested positive on for the diuretic June 15. Canrenone is classified as a specified substance, meaning that Solo could receive a reduced sanction.
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"I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic," Solo said. "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," she said.
Solo has been the goalkeeper for the national soccer team for around six years during which she helped the team win the gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
She also helped the team to a second-place finish in last year's World Cup, losing to Japan in a penalty shootout.