The next two weekends of darting action in the form of the Development Tour (March 21-22) and Players Championship (March 28-29) have both been postponed due to Coronavirus.
Three nights of the Premier League including this Thursday in Newcastle; as well as three European Tour events have already been postponed; with a lot more likely set to fall by the wayside.
For the latter weekend, it was only implemented last week to cover one of the events that wasn’t taking place; but at least for now there won’t be any dates played.
PDC Chief Executive, Matthew Porter spoke in the wake of the announcement to give more detail as to why the events have been cancelled:
“The health and wellbeing of players, fans, officials and staff at events has been at the forefront of our thoughts over the past week; during an unprecedented time for everyone worldwide.
“We issued precautionary measures around last week’s Unibet Premier League night in Liverpool and Players Championship events; to keep everyone as safe as possible.
“However, following Monday’s announcements and further discussions with stakeholders including the PDPA and venues; we feel it is in the best interests of everyone involved in the sport to postpone the forthcoming Development Tour and Players Championship weekends during March.
“We had hoped to provide as many playing opportunities as possible for players in the coming weeks; and will work to rearrange these events during 2020.”
Tags: Development Tour, Players Championship 1
The PDC Unicorn Development Tour & Players Championship events scheduled to have been played over the next two weekends (March 21-22 & 28-29) have been postponed.
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) March 17, 2020
Author: Samuel Gill