Talk about a close call! Today the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) released a statement that U.S. soccer star Hope Solo tested positive for a prohibited substance that was found in her medication and has since accepted a public warning for the failed test.
Solo tested positive for Canrenone, a diuretic that is banned. Under her doctor's care, Solo was taking a prescribed medication that contained the banned substance. "I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic," Hope Solo says, according to a statement from 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."
Because of this, Solo was given a public warning instead of a suspension.
"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 says.
Solo isn't alone in her failed test though. A total of 14 Americans received a sanction under the United States Olympic Committee's anti-doping policies this year. Solo is one of three athletes to avoid suspension.