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Deeja Youngquist Receives Two Year Suspension for Positive r-EPO Test
USADA Press Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 2, 2005)

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today the decision by an independent three-member arbitration panel from the American Arbitration Association (AAA)/North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that Deeja Youngquist of Albuquerque, N.M., an athlete in the sport of track and field, has committed a doping violation and imposed the minimum two-year suspension for a first time offense.


Youngquist, 27, tested positive for recombinant human Erythropoietin (r-EPO) during an out-of-competition test conducted by USADA on March 16, 2004, in advance of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the Women's Marathon. As a synthetic hormone, r-EPO stimulates the body’s production of red blood cells, thereby, increasing oxygen transport and aerobic power. r-EPO is a prohibited substance under the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the international federation for the sport of track and field, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Code. 


Youngquist, one of the top marathoners in the U.S., did not contest the validity of the UCLA laboratory’s application of the test in the analysis of her urine sample and received the minimum two-year suspension to take effect December 4, 2004, the date she accepted and began serving her provisional suspension.  Additionally, Youngquist forfeits all competitive results and winnings since March 16, 2004, the date of the test, including her eighth place finish in the Olympic Team Trials.


USA Track & Field, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, will carry out the sanction.


USADA is responsible for managing the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.  USADA is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.


A copy of the AAA/CAS decision is available in the results management section of the official USADA Web site (http://www.usantidoping.org).


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