Iditarod representative explains decision to deny Hugh Neff's entry into race

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - We reported yesterday on Musher Hugh Neff's ban from competing in the 2019 Iditarod.
Our sister station down in Anchorage was able to talk to a representative from the race about the decision.
The Iditarod Trail Committee decided to deny Neff's entry into the race based on his ban from the 2019 Yukon Quest.
Neff was banned from this year's Quest after the death of one of his dogs during the race last year.
The Dog showed severe fat and muscle loss as well as a parasitic infestation.
Neff then planned to compete in the Iditarod but was denied entry into that race over concerns of dog care.
Race Director Mark Nordman was able to explain why the Trail Committee came to this decision.
"Each year it's an individual decision. We absolutely don't have to honor a censure from somebody, and it's a real serious thing. Because we want to make sure we believe in the process that was done. And from all my knowledge on how it was dealt with I think we came up with a decision that they felt was best for their event and the sport. So we followed suit. I personally have not talked to Hugh, but I would love to talk to him. He's been in the sport for a long time, so for as far as the future holds with Hugh and the Iditarod, once again every entry is reviewed every year," said Nordman.
This will be the first time Neff has missed the Iditarod since 2014 and his first time missing the Quest since 2006.