Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung will miss the upcoming Super Series event in Coventry after returning a positive COVID-19 test.
The 37-year old broke the unfortunate news to his fans earlier today. In a statement on social media, he said: “After feeling unwell over last weekend, I took a COVID test on Monday which returned a positive result.
“Whilst in England, I have received both vaccines and was hoping the test result may have been incorrect. However, on Wednesday I began to show minor symptoms of COVID and immediately informed my manager who contacted the PDC to withdraw me from Super Series 5.
“Though I am extremely disappointed, the health of my family, myself and all of the players and officials takes priority.
“Following the quarantine period and with a negative result, I still hope that the PDC may allow me to compete in the European qualifiers. I will update everyone with my progress.”
Darts World caught up with close personal friend of Kai, former Lakeside World Champion, Stephen Bunting this afternoon for his thoughts.
Speaking from experience after being forced to miss out on last year’s World Grand Prix due to COVID, the Liverpudlian knows the feeling all too well.
Bunting said: “I’m absolutely gutted for Kai. Along with Chizzy [Dave Chisnall] and Ricky Evans, he is one of my best mates on the circuit.
“It’s especially tough on him because he isn’t just missing a couple of events, it’s four and possibly the European qualifiers too which are huge for him.
“Right now, he’s working really hard on trying to keep his tour card and this will have a massive effect on that.
“Kai has recently moved into a new house and his family have all moved over too so it’s a real blow. But he’s a very positive person and I know he’ll be locked away in a room practicing like always.
“We spoke earlier and he’s a bit down in the dumps but I fully expect him to bounce back from this disappointment.”
Darts World wish Kai and his family the very best wishes and a swift recovery.
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