The World Darts Federation seem to be stepping up to fill the void being created by the slow demise of the BDO.
The following statement was released on the WDF website earlier:
The World Darts Federation is delighted to announce our intentions for the 2020 season and a brand new world ranking structure.
The WDF are fully committed to establishing two new major tournaments within the next 12 months.
The first will be a ‘World Masters’ style multi-board event for men, women and youth that will provide the opportunity for players from all member countries to compete, including the winners of every WDF sanctioned event in the calendar year.
We will also be launching an end of season finale in the traditional format of a staged ‘World Championship’ type event, where the top men, women and youth players within our global system have the opportunity to become WDF champions.
The WDF ranking system now includes over 100 events from almost 50 countries in 2020 and is explained in detail below. These include a number of “Gold” events, which will see their champions promoted directly into our new major competitions.
We will also look forward to announcing news of additional staged international events under the WDF banner in the near future.
Further details on the dates, location, prize fund and the full qualification criteria for our new major tournaments will be released as soon as it is available.
Our WDF youth system is also a priority. It will be fully reviewed in the coming weeks and further details of qualification for the majors will be announced.
We would like to emphasise that 2020 will be a transitional year for the World Darts Federation and that no tournament restrictions will be made regarding seeding, format or prize money. A clear structure and definitive rules with regards to the 2021 WDF calendar and the world ranking system, tournament seeding, playing format and prize structure will be issued in due course.