WDF World Masters introduction delayed until 2021 due to Coronavirus pandemic
It was revealed on Saturday that the WDF were still looking to host a World Championship this year and that discussions remain ongoing with relevant parties but that isn't the case with their intentions to host a WDF World Masters.
Last year saw the WDF terminate their association with the BDO after the fiasco surrounding the World Masters; as a result with senior figures such as Richard Ashdown and Nick Rolls involved; they have stamped their ambitions to run their own in the future taking over the amateur side of the game.
Only 20 ranking tournaments took place so far this year; as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic; the hopes to host these tournaments have been diminished; with the World Masters set to take place next year instead.
Ashdown said in a statement regarding the future of the WDF: “We continue to liaise with our organisers regarding the status of forthcoming ranking events that still hope to run in 2020.
“Despite our best efforts and intentions, unfortunately there will be no WDF World Masters at the end of the 2020 season. Without national championships, ranking events and qualifiers being played since March; to assemble 600+ players from 60+ countries would be extremely difficult.
“With finance, travel restrictions and most importantly health to consider in the months ahead; the decision has been made to postpone the launch of what will be an exciting and innovative WDF World Masters until 2021."