Wayne Warren does not have much sympathy leftover for BDO’s current leadership and therefore does not believe in a future for the formerly powerful organisation.
He won the BDO World Championship back in January, but now 57-year-old Wayne Warren says he no longer believes in a future for BDO. Instead, he chooses to focus on WDF tournaments and a possible future in the PDC next year. Warren was speaking to journalist Phil Barrs
Warren won the BDO title on January 12, after defeating his compatriot Jim Williams in the final. However, the victory resulted far from the career boost that any previous world champion could have expected in advance.
Because after the victory Warren received only £23,000, a fraction of the previous year when Glen Durrant claimed the title. In fact, Warren’s prize money was the lowest cash prize awarded to a BDO World Champion since 1989.
Everyone dreams of becoming a world champion. I’ve been dreaming of that myself since I was a kid…..
– But getting what I got – it can’t be right, can it? It’s a nightmare, not a dream.
Wayne Warren’s frustrations stem, among other things, from the fact that players prior to the BDO World Cup had been informed that the prize money would be reduced – though not to the extent that it was. Warren seems to blame BDO chairman Des Jacklin for.
“The only thing Des has done just a little bit right was to move the World Championships to the O2.
But what he has done otherwise has not been good enough…..
“We knew full well that the prize money would not be £100,000 at all, but I had heard rumors that it would be £50,000 or £60,000. “So I couldn’t fathom it when I got an email saying it was reduced to 23,000 pounds. It’s a damn big reduction”
“The original premium would have been life-changing for someone my age. It is simply a joke. It’s a disaster, to be honest.
BDO is done. There will be no more BDO if you ask me.
“BDO no longer has my interest. I want to dedicate myself to WDF tournaments now, and then we take it one step at a time. But BDO is done for me….”
Although Warren turns 58 by June, he still has ambitions for a future in the PDC, to which he expects to attend Q-School until January.
” I expect to attend Q-School. I was originally signed up this year, but when I got that email from BDO, ……. so I didn’t have my head with me.
But I have the level of winning a Tour Card, Wayne Warren concludes.
A different form of this article was originally published, here.
Words: Daniel Tyge Thybøl