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.”
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.