Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race issued a statement that absolved four-time race winner Dallas Seavey of allegations he gave drugs to his dogs
The statement said the group met with Seavey multiple times and there was evidence to conclude that he didn't have anything to do with the positive drug tests on his dogs.
Seavey did not run in last year's race and is yet to register for the 2019 race. Instead, he raced in Norway last winter.
Four of his dogs tested positive for tramadol, an opioid painkiller in March, 2017.
Seavey had claimed innocence all along and told the media that someone may have sabotaged his team.
The board found that they did not believe Seavey had any involvement with, or knowledge of, the events that led to the positive test in his team.
They concluded that it is 'not credible' that Dallas was involved, and he is found to have committed no wrongdoing, "Whatever happened was completely beyond his control."
President Mike Mills said he apologizes to Dallas for any negative publicity and damaged the situation has caused him, "We regret the delays in resolving this matter and want to make clear that we do not place blame on Dallas regarding the circumstances surrounding the positive drug test of his four dogs in 2017."
Seavey said he greatly appreciated the Iditarod for resolving the issue, "The Iditarod board has handled the process that led to the resolution with
integrity. The Iditarod has taken extraordinary measures in recent months to improve itself as an organization and I am thrilled to see the Iditarod on what I believe to be a very positive trajectory.”