Sky Sports commentator Smith praises Price: "I love the way he plays darts, you can see the passion in him"

Adam Smith is a familiar voice to fans of boxing as long time head of the sport for Sky Sports and as one of their lead commentators but has lent his skills to the darting world as of late.

Smith has been involved with commentary at major tournaments including the World Championship and Premier League Darts.

"I've always loved darts, I love pretty much every sport I mean you ask anyone at Sky, I'm always watching something whether it's the snooker or the tennis or the football. I watch probably too much," said Smith to OnlineDarts.

"As a kid, I used to love watching Jocky Wilson and Eric Bristow and John Lowe and all those characters. I've got to meet some of the players at charity do's."

"Fundamentally I love darts, I love the sport. I think it's fantastic."

Smith also commented on Gerwyn Price's failed Covid test as well as the opportunities it has provided alongside the disappointment.

"It's very disappointing. You don't have Gerwyn's last year and a half and he's been fantastic winning the World's, becoming (World) Number One and knocking MVG off the perch. He's done brilliantly, I love his passion. I love the way he plays darts, you can see the passion in him, the competitiveness. There's no doubt that it was a big loss to lose someone like Gerwyn."

"You just have to get on with it, it's sport. You either cancel it or you have to put in a replacement."

"Of course we miss Gerwyn Price but the show goes on. It's a chance for Nathan Aspinall who's done brilliantly, it's a chance for Dimitri van den Bergh. This is the new gen."

Characters in darts and World Matchplay hopes

He discussed what he thinks darts is all about and pointed at the different narratives and characters in the sport that make it so watchable.

"It's about following stories. What happened to Adrian Lewis who I think still is one of the great darts players and almost like an underachiever. It's all about characters, personalities, narratives, story and great games."

A venue Smith hasn't visited yet as a commentator is the World Matchplay and he hopes to be involved on the team this year.

"It is iconic. I've always wanted to so let's hope I'm part of the team. For me as a fan, it's still Ally Pally. But I think darts fans, love Blackpool, it's a special place."

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