THE attempts of the World Darts Federation to return some kind of normality to the darts calendar have again been frustrated by the Coronavirus. After beginning to form the outline of a calendar featuring major ( TV?) events and classic opens, the darts governing body has postponed the ranking value of any events to be held during the first two months of 2021. Their statement read:
The WDF is the umbrella organisation for membership, tournaments, rules, and regulations for darts being played around the world. There is no desire to dictate to individuals or groups associated with the sport as it is our intention to guide, facilitate, and provide a ranking system based on participation in WDF sanctioned events.
Whilst the WDF has no control or obligations during the current virus pandemic, other than to adhere to WADA guidelines for excluded medications in our sport where appropriate, it is only right that we look after the welfare of our members and with that in mind, it has been agreed that no tournaments hosted in January or February 2021 will carry WDF Ranking Points.
This decision ensures fairness to all of our member countries and removes any pressure from players feeling that they must travel to attend tournaments in order to secure the ranking points required to give them the best opportunity to reach major tournaments at the end of 2021.
Should any non-WDF ranked tournaments go ahead during this period it is the WDFs recommendation that tournament organisers and players consult with local and global medical bodies at all times to ensure they have up to date and accurate information concerning covid infection and transmission information in the areas that they are travelling to and from.
Please also be advised that local and global information will be continually updated.It is each individual’s duty to understand the requirements around travel and participation and it is each individual’s choice as to whether they travel and participate.
In its aim to oversee that a safe, compassionate, and fair environment is present at events, the WDF make the following suggestions to players:-
The WDF Executive asks that all tournament organisers, players and spectators stay safe during these uncertain times and a further announcement will be made regarding tournaments scheduled for March and onwards in 2021, in due course.