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.
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.
“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.”