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Solo retains Olympics eligibility, escapes with warning after failing USADA drug test.

By Robert Wagman
SoccerTimes

(Tuesday, July 10, 2012) -- United States women's goalkeeper Hope Solo will play in the Summer Olympics in the United Kingdom despite failing a drug test on the eve of the team's departure for London.

It was revealed that Solo was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that a prohibited substance was found in a routine June drug test. However, after Solo, the U.S. Soccer Federation and her private physician supplied the Anti-Doping agency with relevant information, the agency issued only a public warning to Solo, which will not affect her status for the Olympics.

Solo accepted the public warning for her rule violation.

The USSF issued a statement on the matter: "U.S. Soccer received notification from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that Hope Solo tested positive for a banned substance from an out-of competition urine sample she provided on June 15. After discussions with Hope, we fully support her clarification that the positive test for canrenone was due to the use of a prescribed medication from a personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes and not related to performance enhancement in any way.

"We fully cooperated with USADA during the disciplinary process to ensure it could be resolved quickly."

Canrenone is classified as a "specified substance" by the anti-doping agency. If detected in an athlete's urine sample, it leads to an investigation rather than an automatic ban. It is not necessarily a performance enhancing. substance.

The USADA has handed out 14 sanctions this year, but only three were warnings. In 2011, there were 30 sanctions issued, none of them warnings.

The USSF released a statement from Solo: "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.

The U.S will begin its quest for gold medals July 25 in the Group G opener against France. Three days later, it faces face Colombia, then completes North Korea on July 31. The defending champion Americans and Germany are considered by many to be co-favorites to win the competition.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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