I admittedly don’t know a ton about the Iditarod, outside of it being pretty pointless & cruel to dogs, but hey, that’s just my opinion.
I do know however, that in any sort of race there’s substances that the athletes, or in this case, dogs, can’t use to gain an advantage.
It appears a champion dog musher has violated these rules & it’s causing quite the scandal up in Alaska where the race takes place.
Via, AP news:
Iditarod officials identified four-time champion Dallas Seavey as the musher whose dogs tested positive for a banned substance.
The Iditarod Trail Committee met Monday in an emergency session and decided to release the musher’s identity after initially refusing on a lawyer’s advice.
The committee in a statement said it changed its decision due to the “level of unhealthy speculation involved in this matter.”
Officials say four dogs in Seavey’s team tested positive after the finish of this year’s race in Nome in March. The banned substance was an opioid pain reliever.
Calls to Seavey’s cellphone weren’t immediately returned.
The facts that the dogs needed a pain reliever is enough for me think the sport is plenty wack, but if it’s up your alley, have at it.
Anyways, the whole thing is kind of funny & ridiculous at the same time, so you know Twitter had thoughts.
Here are some of the best reactions: