October 24, 2017

Iditarod Sled Dog Doping: Is any sport clean today?

Nowadays I essentially consider that doping is present throughout most sporting events.

Bicycling and Lance Armstrong.  Check.

Baseball and Steroids.  Check.

Track and Field, Marion Jones, and BALCO.  Check.

But sled dogs and the Iditirod??!!

Yes, apparently so.

And that's beyond sad.

Photo credit:  nytimes.com

Yesterday, Iditarod officials announced that four dogs belonging to four-time champion Dallas Seavey tested postive for the banned narcotic Tramadol, an opiod pain reliever, in this year's race.   And of course, Seavey has taken to social media in an effort to portray himself as the victim, calling the Iditarod drug testing and investigation proceedings "a cancer" on the sport.

So I guess mandating a clean sporting event, and taking steps to enforce such mandate, is now considered an act of vile cancer.

That's downright pathetic.

Fortunately for the event and fans like me, the influential Iditarod Official Finisher Club isn't buying Seavey's narcissistic self-soothing dribble.  According to this article in the New York Times, the Club issued a statement saying:
“It is unacceptable that multiple dogs tested positive for a drug in a single musher’s team and that that information was only recently made public when it was known since shortly after the team finished."
Read more about this downright dirty dog drugging debacle in this Alaska Dispatch News article.

Mary Rae Fouts

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