Soccer Player Hope Solo Tests Positive for Banned Substance

Celebrity News Jul. 10, 2012 AT 10:20AM
Hope Solo of USA during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Group C match between Sweden and USA at the Arena In Allerpark on July 6, 2011 in Wolfsburg, Germany. Hope Solo of USA during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Group C match between Sweden and USA at the Arena In Allerpark on July 6, 2011 in Wolfsburg, Germany. Credit: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Goalkeeper Hope Solo tested positive for the diuretic Canrenone, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced July 9. The drug is classified as a specified substance and prohibited under the USADA protocol for Olympic and Paralympic movement testing and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) anti-doping rules.

The former Dancing With the Stars competitor, 30, claims the positive result was an accident and offered a formal apology Monday.

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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 in a statement Monday. "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."

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Luckily, Solo's infraction will not prevent her from competing on the U.S. soccer team during the London Olympics.

"As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter," Solo added. "I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London."

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This will be the U.S. soccer star's second time competing in the Olympic Games; Solo won the gold medal in Beijing in 2008.

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