Diogo Portela's six year streak of World Darts Championship appearances to end with new South American qualifier likely

Diogo Portela has become something of an Ally Pally regular over recent years at the PDC World Darts Championship. That run now looks likely to be coming to an end however.

An ever-present at the Alexandra Palace since 2018, Portela has only managed a single victory, coming in 2021, when he defeated Steve Beaton 3-0 in the opening round before losing out to Glen Durrant in the second round, 3-0.

Now though, after six straight years as the South American qualifier, the 35-year-old Brazilian looks set to miss out on qualification for the 2024 World Darts Championship after it was announced that Portela would not be competing in the first edition of the CDLC Tour for players from South and Central America.

Of course, the absence of Portela grants a chance to someone as of yet unknown to step up and secure their spot in the biggest darting event of the year, potentially changing their life in the process. Who will this be? Only time will tell but exciting times are ahead for South and Central American players.

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