Raymond van Barneveld is one darts player to be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic as his exhibition bookings in his first year of retirement are almost null and void.

Van Barneveld though has kept busy defeating Phil Taylor in a soft-tip clash for charity raising no less than £15,000 for the NHS (National Health Service) in the UK. He has also played during the start of the lockdown in the MODUS Live Leagues.

When enquired though about a potential comeback, he said to AD that he could do so in soft-tip but he speculated further that this isn’t out of the question in the PDC speaking to De Telegraaf recently.

“I do not exclude anything, but I do not immediately say ‘yes’. I have a good time, nice rest and no stress. If I miss the darts, I can consider a comeback ”, says the five-time world champion.

But a return is not as easy as it seems. “It is not if I ever want to return that I just participate again on Monday. It doesn’t work that way.”

When deciding to return to the circuit, Van Barneveld will first have to obtain a Tour Card at Q-School. “Then you start again with competitions on the ProTour and they are the worst for me.”

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Author: Samuel Gill