In what must feel like a hammer blow The World Darts Federation, together with hosts and sponsors the Lakeside Country Club have made the difficult decision to postpone the WDF World Championships scheduled to take place from 1st to 9th January, due to growing concerns and potential government restrictions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In cooperation with our broadcast partners Eurosport/Discovery+, the tournament dates have been set for three months later, with Lakeside 2022 now being held from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10th April. Details relating to the tournament draw and playing schedule will be clarified in due course.
“Clearly this is a disappointing decision to have to make, especially as momentum and excitement was building around the return to Lakeside,” said WDF Secretary General Nick Rolls. “But the health and safety of our players and supporters must be our first priority.”
“`Travel is also becoming increasingly restrictive, and with so many players to consider coming from overseas, it is essential to the WDF and their member nations that they are still able to compete in what is truly a global championship. We hope that having now rescheduled, it keeps those players dreams alive from all over the world.”
The recent days have seen a dramatic rise in coronavirus cases which has led to the UK’s Covid-19 alert level being increased from level three to four, the re-introduction of mandatory wearing of face coverings, the need for Covid passes to enter certain venues/events, and the UK Government stating that they cannot rule out the possibility of introducing further restrictions.
WDF Chief Development Officer Richard Ashdown added, “The whole initiative behind the WDF World Championships is to provide an end of season finale for the players as reward for their efforts over the season.”
“For the players to experience the Lakeside to its full potential, it is important that those competing, as well as the fans who come along to support, can do so with as little restriction as possible and in the safest environment that we can provide. Our thanks go out to our broadcast partners Eurosport/Discovery+ and our host/sponsors the Lakeside for rearranging their schedules so quickly.”
Those that have already purchased tickets and/or accommodation packages will be contacted directly by Lakeside through Eventbrite with details of refunds. Ticketing information for the rescheduled dates will be confirmed in due course.
The 2022 Lakeside WDF World Championships will take place from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10th April, broadcast live on Eurosport and Discovery+.
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