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Demand for Corona cancellation at Darts World Cup

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IIn the London “Ally Pally” the disaster announced by the mayor looks like this: 3,000 darts fans shout their songs loudly in a small hall, drink a lot of beer and organize a party that was normal and harmless before the corona pandemic. At the World Cup, the world association PDC is making every effort not to exceed the minimum standards of the already lax British government in times of the Omikron variant. And with the positive test by star Michael van Gerwen, the organizers are now threatened with great chaos at player level.

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“Now this tournament is worth less,” said world champion and main competitor Gerwyn Price from Wales after the elimination of the three-time world champion from the Netherlands, who tested positive immediately before his third-round match scheduled for Tuesday evening and was then withdrawn from the tournament. In the afternoon Price added: “The tournament should be postponed.” This is probably not the best option, “but an option that I would be happy with.” So far, the PDC has not announced anything in this direction.

Van Gerwen said he was “really disappointed, confused, angry with how my World Cup ends. I would never have expected this result. ”His two compatriots Vincent van der Voort and Raymond van Barneveld had only tested positive the previous day. So the finding did not come out of nowhere. The World Cup tournament is currently acting like a big lottery. On Wednesday it caught the Englishman Dave Chisnall, who was in the semifinals last year. Like van Gerwen, he is eliminated without a fight, instead England’s Luke Humphires receives a bye for the round of 16.

The PDC is now in a self-inflicted dilemma. The show and staging-oriented association approached the World Cup with relatively generous rules and many quick tests instead of PCR tests. Now there have been two game cancellations since Christmas, which affects the value of the largest tournament. More could follow. Communication is monosyllabic and always follows the same pattern: player A has Corona, player B gets ahead. Not a word about further or additional protective measures. Instead, the other games are celebrated extra loud: a lot is “historic” or “epic” or “fantastic”. Corona, on the other hand, should remain a marginal aspect in the midst of weak crisis communication. It gets more and more bizarre.


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