World Champions Lead Tributes to Dave Kelly.

Tributes have been paid to experienced American player Dave Kelly, who passed away on Monday June 1 following a battle with illness. 

Tributes paid to US ace Dave Kelly | PDC

A World Masters semi-finalist in 1991, Kelly competed in the first PDC World Championship in 1994 and three times in the World Matchplay from 1994-1996.

He also continued to compete on the North American circuit, and also played in the PDC’s 2007 US Open and 2008 North American Championship, as well as at the Las Vegas Desert Classic Qualifiers.

Three-time World Champion John Part has led the tributes, saying: “Dave was a man whose talent and charisma made you believe anything was possible.

“His very presence at darts events gave the game that little bit extra that told you here is a sport, the sort of activity the best of the best can pursue with dignity.

“A fierce competitor whose passion doing so was only equalled by his magnanimity and leadership off the board, Dave was a beacon who easily drew people to himself and the game, and became the iconic American leader who rallied his compatriots to accept nothing less than equality in the world of darts, both by example and spirit. The ultimate teammate is gone.”

Writing on Twitter, fellow three-time World Champion John Lowe said: “Sorry to hear Dave Kelly passed away this morning, I have known Dave for many years, he always kept in touch, a great dart player and representative of America.”

1994 World Matchplay champion Larry Butler described Kelly as “one of my favorite people”, and former Sky Sports commentator John Gwynne hailed him as “a most likeable man”.

The PDC sends its condolences to the family and friends of Dave Kelly at this difficult time.


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Edmunds Claimed CDC Win. Second Remote Season Planned.

Kiley Edmunds has won the CDC Championship League’s opening season, with a second event now set to be held after the cancellation of the planned CDC Tour weekend in Denver.

The global restrictions have already meant that weekends in Toronto and Chicago had been cancelled earlier this year, and the year’s third planned weekend – in Denver from July 10-12, will also now not take place.

The CDC are now planning to run a second season of their home-broadcast Championship League, presented by Magic Darts, featuring separate seven-player leagues in the USA and Canada.

The initial Championship League has been won by Kiley Edmunds, who defeated Gary Mawson 9-8 in the final.

Edmunds saw off Jim Long in the final of the Canadian Division, with Mawson edging out Nick Linberg 9-8 in the USA Division final.

The event also featured the CDC’s first nine-dart finish, achieved by Shawn Brenneman during his tie with Edmunds in the league stage last month.

The experienced Canadian landed two 180s and then finished 141 – whilst giving a running commentary of the achievement!

For more information about the CDC, please click here.

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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.

Team Scotland will defend their Trophy after all! ( L lustig/PDC)

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.


Fallon Sherrock Makes BBC Poll Shortlist. Vote Now!

Fallon Sherrock’s superb run at the 2020 World Darts Championship has been recognised with a nomination for BBC Sports’ ‘Best British Women’s Sporting Moment’.

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Readers can vote here in order to see the ‘Queen of the Ally Pally’ recognised. World Champion Peter Wright is quoted in support of Sherrock:

My best women’s sporting moment is Fallon Sherrock winning her first game at the PDC World Championship against Ted Evetts.

It was absolutely fantastic, up against men, long-distance with all the pressure from the TV cameras and all the news around the world. She did fantastically.

It’s fantastic to see Fallon’s effort bracketed amongst some of the most iconic moments in UK sport. Jessica Ennis, Tracey Crouch, and Katherine Grainger are just a few of the other contenders.

If your a fan of Fallon, ladies darts or even simply darts. pop on over to the BBC sport site and make your view known! Darts World already have!

You can check out all the other iconic moments and register your support at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/52721798


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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!

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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

The Hague European Championships Delayed Until October.

With the Coronavirus effecting every darts event the world over, the Stichting HSG team have taken the decision to move the disability European Championships to the back end of the year.

Hans Willink, Chairman of Stichting HSG, said: “The new dates are October the 16th to 18th 2020 at the stunning venue Lourdeskerk in The Hague, and we very much look forward to welcoming all players from across Europe. A huge thanks to our sponsors Vegro and Winmau, who are both massive supporters of disability darts and without their help we wouldn’t be in a position to put on such a large scale event.”

The tournament carries an impressive prize fund of 7,000 euros and the finals on the Sunday will be broadcast live and for free via Winmau TV.

The event will be played under the jurisdiction of the Dutch Darts Federation (NDB) and according to the rules of the newly formed World Paradarts organisation.

Ian Flack, Winmau’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We are proud to continue our association with Hans and his team. The players always love taking part in Stichting HSG events and they are staged with the utmost professionalism and with a large element of fun! Good luck to all participants.”

Registration closes on the 17th of May 2020 and you can register via these links:

Singles: https://www.vthecdd.nl/register/

Pairs: https://www.vthecdd.nl/register-pairs/

National teams, that are not registered yet, are welcome to apply by sending an email to: registration@vthecdd.nl

Full tournament details are available here: https://www.vthecdd.nl/


Announcement previously published at winmau.com

Nordic & Baltic Tour Postponed – Last Four Weekends Delayed.

The remaining four planned weekends of the 2020 PDC Nordic & Baltic season have been postponed.

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With restrictions in place in Denmark until the end of August, the planned weekends in Copenhagen from June 5-7 and July 25-26 cannot now take place.

In addition, the planned weekends in Sweden from August 7-9 and Latvia on October 24-25 have also been postponed, with the latter now being the same weekend as the rescheduled Nordic Darts Masters event in Copenhagen.

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PDC Nordic & Baltic are working to secure new dates for the four weekends, which included ProTour events and European Tour Qualifiers.

The PDCNB’s opening ProTour weekend had taken place in Finland earlier this year, with Kim Viljanen and Daniel Larsson having shared victories in those events.

Full details of rescheduled dates will be confirmed at the PDC Nordic & Baltic website once confirmed.

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PDC Asian Tour Rescheduled.

The PDC have again shown themselves to be undeterred by the current difficult times. So far they have seemed on top of the various difficulties and, instead of simply wiping out there season, have sought to postpone and then reschedule events wherever possible. (DW Ed.)

The latest PDC statement of intent come from the affiliated Asian Tour:

The 2020 PDC Asian Tour is now set to begin in August, with five weekends of action planned to take place in a rescheduled season.

The global Coronavirus pandemic had seen the planned double-header weekends in March and April postponed.

The previously planned weekends in Seoul on May 9-10 and in Kobe on May 30-31 have now been postponed to later in 2020, with new dates for the 2020 season being confirmed.

The PDC Asian Tour season is now set to commence on August 29-30 in Taipei, with the Seoul weekend moving to September 19-20.

A weekend in Fukuoka will follow on September 26-27, with further weekends to then be played in Nanchang on October 31-November 1 and Kobe on November 14-15.

Any further additions to the PDC Asian Tour schedule will be announced in due course.

2020 PDC Asian Tour
August 29-30, Taipei
September 19-20, Seoul
September 26-27, Fukuoka
October 31-November 1, Nanchang
November 14-15, Kobe

Players are reminded of the advice to have appropriate travel insurance should any further changes to the schedule be required, and to only confirm flight and/or hotel bookings once their entry is confirmed.

For further details and entry information, please visit www.pdc-asia.tv or follow Professional Darts Asia on Facebook


World ParaDarts Organisation Gain Support.

The World ParaDarts’ mission is to provide the highest possible standard of presentation and organisation of disability darts around the World, pro-actively looking to work with the World Darts Federation to promote the game whilst moving forward to get International Paralympic Committee recognition.

Winmau is proud to announce a brand-new partnership with the recently formed World ParaDarts Organisation.

This will see the World’s leading darts brand work together with the organisation to promote disability darts worldwide, with all World ParaDarts tournaments being played on the class-leading Winmau Blade 5 dartboard.

The WPDO will provide a World ParaDarts Grand Slam of tournaments on an International basis. All 6 have been arranged and will be announced shortly.

Winmau has long been a strong supporter of disability darts, dating back to their first disability partnership with the World Disability Darts Association and continues to further it’s backing of darts’ inclusivity as a sport for everyone, no matter your circumstances.

Sarah Smale of World ParaDarts said: “Having been a part of the disability darts journey for many years, it fills me with immense pride to help take the sport forward with the work that we are setting out to do at the World ParaDarts organisation.

“Winmau have always been such amazing disability darts advocates and have provided darts Worldwide with fantastic support and the equipment to give our players the best environment possible to play their game.”

“With the Covid 19 Pandemic the health and safety of our players is our most important consideration, therefore whilst 6 tournaments have been organised for the first years Grand Slam events, we are constantly reviewing the situation before announcing their full details and looking forward to 2021’s calendar.”

Ian Flack, Winmau’s Sales and Marketing Director, added: “As a leading company in the market, we are determined to ensure that our beloved sport is played and accessible to as many people as possible globally.

“The atmosphere and comradery at every one of the growing numbers of disability darts events across the World, is truly amazing and we’re delighted to support the next part of this journey to once again expand the sport.”

 For full details and more information about World ParaDarts, you can visit their website at: www.worldparadarts.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WorldParaDarts/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/135506231119153/

Twitter: @Worldparadarts