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Hope Solo Tests Positive for Banned Substance, Will Still Play for U.S. Team in Olympics

| by Alex Groberman

On Monday afternoon, Hope Solo received a very loud, very embarrassing public warning from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after she apparently tested positive for a banned substance last month.

Despite her positive test, Solo will still be permitted to play for the U.S. women's soccer team this summer at the 2012 London Olympics.

According to a press release published by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Solo tested positive for Canrenone in a urine test conducted on June 15.

While the drug isn’t a performance enhancer, it is “prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.”

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Solo offered this statement on her positive test:

"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,” said Hope Solo.

“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.”

Barring something unforeseen coming to light, this should have no impact on the U.S. team this summer.

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