The ITC speak out about their decision to ban Hugh Neff from the 2019 Iditarod

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Iditarod Trail Committee has spoken, barring longtime musher, Hugh Neff, yesterday from competing in the 2019 Iditarod race.
The last time Neff had missed the Iditarod was back in 2014.
With him being banned from the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest race, this will be the first time he won't be running it since 2006.
The race director of the Iditarod, Mark Nordman, says their decision was based on the safety of the dogs.
"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.