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Nobody knows who took these sled dogs

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A four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Race was cleared in a nearly two-year-old case in which four of his dogs tested positive for a banned substance. Except – it is strange. What was overturned is not since Dallas Seaveys dogs were endowed. Oh, these dogs were endowed with gills. It appeared that Seavey had nothing to do with it.

Seavey, the youngest winner of the race, won the Iditarod in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2017, the year he finished second, behind his father Mitch, four of Seaveys tested 16-dogs Team Positive Tramadol, an opioid analgesic. The narcotic effect allows athletes (including dogs) to expand their physical limits further than would otherwise be possible. That's why Tramadol – which is not generally banned in human sports – is so popular in cycling.

But the case of Seavey's four endowed dogs were strange from the start. The committee initially resisted the announcement of the identity of the team that had failed the test, and even as pressure was forced to designate Seavey, they did not disqualify him and did not ask him to return his prize money.

And now Seavey is in the clear. From the Anchorage Daily News:

"We met with him several times and there is (sufficient) evidence that he has nothing to do with it," said Mike Mills, president of the Iditarod board directors in an interview.

"… There is no offense with Dallas that we found. He had no knowledge. It is a difficult situation to unravel, but we are sure that we have made the right decision. "

So, who stunned the dogs?

"We are convinced that we will never understand that," Mills said

However, the board did not share any of the evidence that he had taken into account in his decision.

From the beginning, Seavey had theorized that his team had probably been sabotaged by another musher. The level of the drug is much higher than it would have been for performance-enhancing purposes, he said, and they were administered at a time when Seavey knew his dogs were about to be tested. I raised the issue, but I'll just say it: what if the dogs decided to give themselves alone? There I said it!

Now that Seavey is complete, he may consider returning to the next Iditarod in March 2019 after skipping last year's race.

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