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Porter Fears For Non UK Tour Card Holders.

Meanwhile PDC chief executive Matt Porter has revealed that there are still potential issues surrounding foreign players having to quarantine for 14 days.

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The Summer Series of Players Championships is set to commence on July 8 with the Matchplay to follow soon after. He told the Darts Show:

“The big issue at the moment which we need to resolve is the 14-day quarantine for overseas visitors to the UK”

If there is some form of exemption for sportsmen on that which we understand is being discussed, then that would certainly help the situation.“

We have got an obligation to 128 Tour Card holders. If there are one or two that have problems getting back into the UK, whether it is travel or their own personal situation, then they might be unlucky.“

“We can’t leave 124 people at home because four people can’t get in. That would not be the right thing to do.”

“It would be unfortunate for any individual who wasn’t able to come back, but assuming that number was a small percentage of the overall field of Tour Card holders, then we would need to look after the majority.”

Kurz Books Ally Pally Return.

Nico Kurz secured his return to Alexandra Palace by winning the 2020 Hylo Care Super League Germany on Sunday, defeating Dragutin Horvat 10-9 in the final.

Kurz claimed the Super League title for the second successive year, as the exciting young talent survived a match dart in a thrilling decider to book his place in the 2020/21 World Championship.

The last four weekends have seen some of Germany’s top talents competing in the group stage of the PDC Europe event, with the top four players in each group progressing to Sunday’s Finals Day.

The day began with the quarter-finals in the afternoon, as world number 38 Gabriel Clemens and 2018 Grand Slam of Darts quarter-finalist Michael Unterbuchner joined Kurz and Horvat in reaching the final four.

PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) NICO KURZ WINS

Kurz overcame Clemens 9-7, while Horvat ran out a 9-3 victor over Unterbuchner to book their places in the final.

From 8-4 down, Kurz staged a dramatic comeback to force a last-leg decider, which saw Horvat narrowly miss double 12 for a 141 checkout, before Kurz held his nerve on double two to get over the line.

2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany
Finals Day
Sunday June 14
Quarter-Finals

Gabriel Clemens 8-1 Manfred Bilderl
Nico Kurz 8-5 Kevin Munch
Dragutin Horvat 8-6 Steffen Siepmann
Michael Unterbuchner 8-4 Daniel Klose

Semi-Finals
Nico Kurz 9-7 Gabriel Clemens
Dragutin Horvat 9-3 Michael Unterbuchner

Final
Nico Kurz 10-9 Dragutin Horvat

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From Bullseyes to Bubbles – Darts Opts For Self Confinement!

DARTS is going from bullseyes to bubbles to get the sport back onto the big stage. Professional Darts Corporation bosses revealed a fortnight ago that the World Matchplay would go ahead from July 18, the first major after lockdown.

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However, it seems almost certain that it will be temporarily moved from its traditional and iconic Winter Gardens home in Blackpool.It is likely to be relocated next month to the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes which has just successful hosted the behind-closed-doors Championship League, also under the Matchroom Sport umbrella.

The PDC yesterday revealed that they will be hosting the PDC Summer Series from July 8-12 at the Marshalls Arena.The Series will see all 128 Tour Card Holders given the chance to compete in five one-day Players Championship events, played behind closed doors at Marshall Arena, subject to the UK Government quarantine policy on overseas visitors.

As with all 2020 Players Championship events, prize money will stand at £75,000 per event, with all winnings counting towards the relevant PDC Orders of Merit.

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PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Throughout the challenging times of recent weeks we have continuously explored different ways of getting players back on the oche and live darts back on fans’ screens. 

“I was proud of our players and staff who broadcast 43 nights of live remote darts through the innovative PDC Home Tour, which thrust darts into the limelight in a unique way at a time when almost all other sports were unable to provide any form of competitive action.

“Prior to the Home Tour, I outlined the three-stage plan for the return of darts, starting with events played remotely, followed by events played behind closed doors, before events can be played in front of crowds.“I am delighted that we are now able to move on to the second stage of that plan, and hopefully, we will be able to safely welcome crowds back to our events in the not-too-distant future. 

Cross will defend his title, although its looks likely the venue will be different.

“The PDC Summer Series will provide a welcome return of live darts for both players and fans alike, and I’m sure the event will whet the appetite for the prestigious Betfred World Matchplay. “We appreciate the patience of our players in recent weeks as we worked to secure these events, and further details will be confirmed to them in due course.”

The PDC has also told Darts World they are working closely with players union PDPA in an attempt to unravel a hugely complicated future around the ranking prize money dilemma. With so many tournaments wiped out this year because of the coronavirus crisis, it has been a minefield for bosses to decide on how to freeze ranking money, if that is the fairest way forward for all 128 tour cardholders.


PDC Summer Series: Live Darts Returns!

The Professional Darts Corporation is pleased to announce that live darts will return on Wednesday, July 8 with the launch of the PDC Summer Series.

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The Summer Series will see all 128 Tour Card Holders given the chance to compete in five one-day Players Championship events from July 8-12, played behind closed doors at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes subject to the UK Government quarantine policy on overseas visitors.
   
As with all 2020 Players Championship events, prize money will stand at £75,000 per event, with all winnings counting towards the relevant PDC Orders of Merit.
   
In the event that quarantine restrictions make it impractical for non-UK players to travel to the events, the PDC will announce a revised schedule of non-ranked events for the same dates.
 
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Throughout the challenging times of recent weeks we have continuously explored different ways of getting players back on the oche and live darts back on fans’ screens.
  
“I was proud of our players and staff who broadcast 43 nights of live remote darts through the innovative PDC Home Tour, which thrust darts into the limelight in a unique way at a time when almost all other sports were unable to provide any form of competitive action.
 
“Prior to the Home Tour, I outlined the three-stage plan for the return of darts, starting with events played remotely, followed by events played behind closed doors, before events can be played in front of crowds.
 
“I am delighted that we are now able to move on to the second stage of that plan, and hopefully we will be able to safely welcome crowds back to our events in the not-too-distant future.

  
“The PDC Summer Series will provide a welcome return of live darts for both players and fans alike,

and I’m sure the event will whet the appetite for the prestigious Betfred World Matchplay.”


 “We appreciate the patience of our players in recent weeks as we worked to secure these events, and further details will be confirmed to them in due course.”
 
The PDC understands that players will have further questions regarding these events and we can assure them that as soon as details are able to be confirmed we will release the information appropriately. The PDC’s intention at this time is to confirm the dates and proposed format of the events so that players can begin to prepare for a return to competitive events and plan accordingly. Please be aware that hotel bookings for the Summer Series will be handled centrally by the PDC and players should not contact the Marshall Arena directly to make reservations.


Aspinall Admits Future Rankings “One Hell of a Headache.”

DARTS is ready to go from bulls to bubbles to get the sport back onto the big stage. In our DW story earlier, PDC bosses revealed a fortnight ago that the World Matchplay would go ahead from July 18, the first major after lockdown.

The Asp knows that ranking tables, and other issues, are going to get serious, very soon. (Pic: Taylor Lanning)

However, it seems almost certain that it will be temporarily moved from its traditional and iconic Winter Gardens home in Blackpool. It is likely to be relocated next month to the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes which has just successfully hosted the behind-closed-doors Championship League, also under the Matchroom Sport umbrella.

The player’s association will be heavily involved in discussions with the PDC about the path forward.

But The PDC has also exclusively revealed to DW they are working closely with players union PDPA in an attempt to unravel a hugely complicated future around the ranking prize money dilemma. 

With so many tournaments wiped out this year because of the coronavirus crisis, it has been a minefield for bosses to decide on how to freeze ranking money, if that is the fairest way forward for all 128 tour cardholders. Nathan Aspinall, who won the unique lockdown Home Tour event last week, admits it’s a real dilemma that all players are concerned about.

He said: “I would not like to be Barry Hearn or Matthew Porter. Because they are going to please people with what they decide and annoy some people.”

The Asp continued “The situation that we are in, it’s going to be impossible to please all 128 tour card holders.”

“I do think it’s how they deal with people defending prize money on the rankings. They need to think about that carefully. I have no idea how they are going to decide that. “In an ideal world we’ll play every single event that was scheduled but in a short space of time but I don’t think that’s going to be possible.“All I know is that it’s going to be one hell of a headache for them all.”

The Asp is still hoping that the Matchplay could go ahead at his “local” venue in Blackpool, just a short distance from his Stockport base. He said: “Obviously the Matchplay being the second biggest tournament of the year I think that’s a great way to kick it all back off.“ Personally I hope it goes ahead in Blackpool because the reception I got last year was phenomenal, even though I got beat first game. It’s my home tournament, I’m only 45 minutes away from Blackpool.

“Fingers crossed we can have some kind of audience there, even if it’s only 500 people, that’s better than nothing.“We have played in some European events on a stage with very little fans and we had the UK Open in Minehead a couple of years back.

“But any TV event you need that buzz, that adrenalin and that comes with the atmosphere, the crowd being loud.

“It will definitely be different but we’re professionals and play ProTours week-in, week-out behind closed doors.

I think the walk-on will be the weird one, just walking straight down, no high-fives or anything.

“It’ll be strange but at least we’ll be playing on that stage. A couple of games into it we’ll probably forget there is no one there.”


Late decisions on venues and event confirmations are likely over the next few weeks, keep an eye across the Darts World platforms for the latest news and updates.

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Quarantine Exemption For Darts? Hearn Pressing UK Government.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn is hoping that darts players can follow Formula One stars and be exempt from quarantine. Last week the PDC announced that the World Matchplay would be taking its place on original dates July 18-26.

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But that could still be yet behind closed doors or at another venue rather than the iconic Winter Gardens. News is expected this week that the ProTour has resume in the coming weeks prior to the Matchplay. But one of the main obstacles is the UK Government mandatory 14-day quarantine for those entering the country.

But Hearn told RTL News in Holland:

“Of course I have daily contact with the British government and sports minister and I tell them my story. 

I ask them for an exception for professional athletes.” 

“Not only darters, but also snooker players and Formula One. Formula One has already received an exception, so they are on the right track.

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Barry Hearn has lead from the front despite a recent heart scare. (pic:PDC)

“But what do we do when the athletes are indoors? We will develop the most advanced and safe method, as we have done with snooker.

“We created a bubble there. Everyone is tested before entering and if you are negative you can go in and not out. Everything has been cleaned 72 hours in advance, so the entire building is safe. We hope the government recognises that this measure does not require quarantine.”


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PDC World Matchplay To Go Ahead – As Scheduled!

The PDC can confirm that the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay will take place from July 18-26.

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The prestigious 32-player tournament is set to be the first fully televised PDC tournament to take place following the suspension of events due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.

Following discussions with host broadcaster Sky Sports, the original dates of July 18-26 have been confirmed for the event to be staged.

The PDC are continuing to work with the UK Government and other relevant parties to be able to stage the event at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens with a crowd, subject to any relevant regulations.

A decision will be made by Saturday July 4 if the tournament is able to proceed with a crowd at the Winter Gardens.

Should this not be possible, then the tournament will be staged behind closed doors at an alternative, appropriate venue.

Final details for ticket holders will be confirmed once a final decision is made in relation to being able to stage the Betfred World Matchplay with or without a crowd.

However, fans who have purchased tickets for the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay can obtain a refund from their point of purchase should they wish*.

Should the event take place in 2020 behind closed doors, then fans will be entitled, following July 4, to defer their ticket purchase to the 2021 Betfred World Matchplay.

“It is still our intention to be able to stage the Betfred World Matchplay with a crowd and we remain in talks with all relevant parties in a bid to achieve this,” said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.

“We have worked hard with the venue, our broadcast partners and other parties to look at alternative dates later in the year, but with no guarantees of how restrictions may be lifted we have taken the decision to retain the original dates so that the Betfred World Matchplay can play a major part in our sport’s return to action.

“Giving fans the chance to apply for a refund for this year’s tickets or to retain their booking will give them a chance to make their own decision in relation to the event either immediately or when a final announcement is made in the coming weeks.

“The Betfred World Matchplay will be broadcast in full by Sky Sports as well as the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners, and with or without a crowd we’re working as hard as possible to make the 2020 tournament as special as ever.”

The PDC are also finalising plans to resume ranked Players Championship events from July onwards, subject to Government approval and clarification on any quarantine restrictions for overseas-based players. Further details will be announced in due course.

* Fans wishing to request a refund can do so via SeeTickets’ Customer Services team. Please note that refunds take up to 28 days to be processed. Fans who would still wish to attend the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay if possible or defer their tickets to 2021 should do nothing at this stage, with further details to be announced in due course.

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European Tour Restores Four Events: New Dates & Venues Confirmed

Four PDC European Tour events are planned to be held in September and October, as Budapest, Jena, Gibraltar and Prague prepare to host tournaments.

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The 2020 European Tour season had begun with the Belgian Darts Championship earlier this year, before the global Coronavirus pandemic led to a suspension of events.

Due to restrictions in place in Germany and the Netherlands, planned events in Sindelfingen, Leverkusen, Trier, Munich, Hildesheim, Riesa and Leeuwarden will not now be able to take place this year.

However, the following European Tour events will be able to take place later this year:
Hungarian Darts Trophy (Budapest) – September 4-6
German Darts Open (Jena) – September 11-13
Gibraltar Darts Trophy (Gibraltar) – September 25-27
Czech Darts Open (Prague) – October 16-18.

These events will be followed from October 29-November 1 with the European Championship in Dortmund.

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In addition, the World Series of Darts Finals remain planned to take place in Salzburg from September 18-20, while the rescheduled BetVictor World Cup of Darts in Graz from November 6-8 will conclude the year’s action in Europe.

Fans with tickets for events which have been affected by postponements will be contacted by PDC Europe in due course in relation to their booking.


Drive-In Darts! Germany To Host Innovative Darts Event!

In another superb effort to give spectators some live sport, and show darts at its very best light, the first Hannover Drive-In Darts Gala will be held on June 24th. Darts has been at the forefront of such innovations during the Covid-19 crisis and PDC Europe released the following information:

Darts is shifting into the next gear!
Special times require special measures. That is why you no longer have to go without LIVE darts events and can be the first ones to see the greatest stars of darts again – from the safety of your own car.


Join us in Hanover for the first Drive-In Darts Gala in history and experience the Dutch legends Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld, Germany`s Number 1 Max Hopp and „The African Warrior“ Devon Petersen.
The voice of German darts, Elmar Paulke, will be the MC.

Triple-20-Ticket: The price per car is 60 € plus 1,50 € system charge. Two persons per car + a maximum of two related kids.

VIP 180-Ticket
Our limited VIP offer includes
• a space in the first row
• a prefessional photo with the players around your car
• a 180 sign signed by all the players
• a surprise package and a sticker for the Drive-In Darts Gala pioneers!
• CAR-WASH SPECIAL !!! The new Meet & Greet … Prior to the show (6.30pm – 7pm) your windscreen will be cleaned by one of the stars – for an ideal view of the show 😉

VIP 180-Ticket: The price per car is 180 € plus 1,50 € system charge. Two persons per car + a maximum of two related kids.

Please note the conditions of participation and safety instructions.

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Four ‘Giants of Darts’ will contest the Drive-In Darts Gala next month!

Original Report from pdc-europe.de

German Super League Set To Launch.

The 2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany will be televised live on Sport1, DAZN and through PDCTV in May and June as 16 players compete for a place in the William Hill World Darts Championship.

(PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) NICO KURZ WILL BE A THREAT IN THE LATEST EVENT FROM PDC EUROPE.

The annual event for German-based players sees the champion secure a coveted spot at Alexandra Palace, with emerging prospect Nico Kurz having won last year’s event by defeating Martin Schindler in the final.

The 2020 event will see 16 players split into two groups of eight for the group stage, before the top four from each progress to the knockout stage.

Top-ranked German Gabriel Clemens will headline Group A, while Kurz lines up in Group B for the round-robin phase of the event.

PDC Europe Super League Germany will be broadcast live on Sport1 & DAZN across nine sessions, with coverage also to be available in PDCTV outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany
Group A
Gabriel Clemens, Kai Gotthardt, Jens Kniest, Kevin Münch, Sascha Stein, Christian Bunse, Steffen Siepmann, Michael Unterbuchner

Group B
Maik Langendorf, Rene Eidams, Karsten Koch, Nico Kurz, Thomas Köhnlein, Dragutin Horvat, Daniel Klose, Manfred Bilderl

Session Schedule
Saturday May 16 (1400-2300 CET): Group A
Sunday May 17 (1500-2300 CET): Group A
Saturday May 23 (1400-2300 CET): Group B
Sunday May 24 (1500-2300 CET): Group B
Saturday May 30 (1400-2300 CET): Group A
Sunday May 31 (1500-2300 CET): Group A
Saturday June 6 (1400-2300 CET): Group B
Sunday June 7 (1500-2300 CET): Group B
Sunday June 14 (1500-2300 CET): Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals & Final

Format
Group Matches: Best of 11 legs
Quarter-Finals: Best of 15 legs
Semi-Finals: Best of 17 legs
Final: Best of 19 legs