Michael van Gerwen has questioned the ability of BDO players to participate in PDC tournaments. The BDO now provides eight participants for the Grand Slam of Darts, while BDO players can also compete in the UK Open through Riley’s Qualifiers.
Every year, BDO players migrate to the more lucrative PDC. Some claim that the talent drain has affected both the quality of BDO competition and the Lakeside Championship’s status. “The BDO is extinct”, Van Gerwen claimed in an interview with Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
The PDC world number one spoke out against BDO players having the opportunity to compete on the PDC circuit. “I find it unfair that the BDO can sometimes take a number of permanent places at our tournaments. That doesn’t benefit our sport,” he said.