Olympic athlete Hope Solo warned after positive test for banned substance

Soccer star Hope Solo

Soccer star Hope Solo

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DENVER — Soccer star and Olympic athlete Hope Solo is issued a warning by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after she tested positive for a banned substance that was in her prescription PMS medication.

“I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” she says.

“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.”

Local doctors say this shows the need for more education.

Dr. Sourav Poddar is an associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

He’s a team physician at CU and he’s on the committee that handles this kind of thing on the collegiate level.

He says many athletes fail the test because they are taking things like ADHD medications. 

Others fail because they are taking supplements and don’t know what’s in them.  “As athletes you always want to be careful, especially in an Olympic year,” Dr. Poddar said. 

He says there are ways to get needed medication approved, and athletes can check the list of banned substances before they take anything. If any of his athletes are thinking about taking something like a supplement, he sends it to a lab to make sure its okay.

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