Musher cleared of dog-dop­ing

The Province - - SPORTS -

Idi­tarod of­fi­cials have cleared a four-time cham­pion of any wrong­do­ing in a dog-dop­ing scan­dal that fol­lowed the sled dog race last year. Of­fi­cials for the 1,610-kilo­me­tre Idi­tarod Trail Sled Dog Race is­sued a state­ment this week ab­solv­ing musher Dal­las Seavey of any in­volve­ment in the drug­ging of his dogs, the An­chor­age Daily News re­ported. Four of Seavey’s dogs tested pos­i­tive for the opi­oid tra­madol, a banned sub­stance, fol­low­ing his sec­ond-place fin­ish in March 2017. “We met with him mul­ti­ple times and there was (suf­fi­cient) ev­i­dence to con­clude he didn’t have any­thing to do with it,” said Mike Mills, head of Idi­tarod’s board. Seavey said he pre­sented a “com­pelling case” to the board. Af­ter the test re­sults were made pub­lic last year, he had sug­gested that some­one sab­o­taged his team. “I can’t prove what did hap­pen, but we can strongly prove what didn’t hap­pen,” Seavey said.

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