In doing so, they cleared four-time champion Dallas Seavey of any wrongdoing, stemming from the 2017 race by which he completed second however 4 of his canine examined constructive for a banned substance.
Race officers, as a substitute, assert that somebody administered Tramadol, an opioid painkiller, to the canine — nevertheless it wasn’t Seavey.
A information launch, beneath the headline “ITC board of administrators and Dallas Seavey transfer ahead,” learn, partially:
After a number of conferences with Dallas Seavey, and evaluate of all related info and proof, the board doesn’t consider that Dallas had any involvement with, or information of, the occasions that led to the constructive take a look at in his group. The (Iditarod Path Committee) concludes that it isn’t credible that Dallas was concerned, and he’s discovered to have dedicated no fallacious doing. No matter occurred was utterly past his management.
In line with the discharge, steps have been for the reason that incident to safeguard canine with elevated safety protocols for the 1,000-mile race.
As a part of its launch, the Iditarod apologized to Seavey for “any unfavourable publicity and damages this case has prompted him.”
Iditarod board president Mike Mills advised the Anchorage Each day Information: “We met with him a number of instances and there was (ample) proof to conclude he didn’t have something to do with it. … There’s no wrongdoing with Dallas that we discovered. He had no information. It’s a tough scenario to untangle, however we’re comfy that we made the proper choice.”
Race officers did not specify what proof absolved Seavey, whose household has participated in 47 Iditarods however did not take part in 2018. He stated in an announcement, “I sit up for many extra years of involvement within the Final Nice Race!”
So who doped the canine?
“We’re satisfied,” Mills stated, “we’re by no means going to determine that out.”