Template - Date: World Grand Prix moves to Ricoh Arena

The BoyleSports World Grand Prix will be held behind closed doors at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, October 6th – 12th 2020.

 

The famous double-start tournament had been due to be held for a 20th time at Dublin’s Citywest Convention Centre later this year, with the venue having become a popular destination for darts fans since first hosting the World Grand Prix in 2001.

However, the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic mean that it is not possible for the World Grand Prix to be held in Dublin in 2020, as the event follows the World Matchplay and Premier League in being staged behind closed doors.

The World Grand Prix will now take place from October 6th – 12th at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, a venue which has previously hosted the Premier League as well as a number of PDC ProTour weekends.

“The BoyleSports World Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the PDC calendar and whilst we’re disappointed we will not be at the Citywest Convention Centre in 2020, we can now look forward to an exciting and entertaining event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry,” said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.

“We saw an outstanding standard of play at the recent World Matchplay and are sure that will continue in the World Grand Prix, which remains a challenging and unique event due to the double-start format.

“The Citywest Convention Centre remains part of our plans for 2021 and beyond and we thank them for their support in exploring all options for the event to have taken place in Dublin this year.”

Play will commence with the first round split across two nights on October 6th – 7th with the second round taking place on October 8th – 9th. The quarter-finals will be held on Saturday October 10th, with the semi-finals on Sunday October 11th and the final on Monday October 12th.

Coverage will be shown on Sky Sports, as well as through the PDC’s international broadcast partners including RTL7 and DAZN and for PDCTV Rest of the World Subscribers.

2020 BoyleSports World Grand Prix

Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Tuesday October 6th (19.00 BST)
8x First Round

Wednesday October 7th (19.00 BST)
8x First Round

Thursday October 8th (19.00 BST)
4x Second Round

Friday October 9th (19.00 BST)
4x Second Round

Saturday October 10th (19.00 BST)
Quarter-Finals

Sunday October 11th (19.00 BST)
Semi-Finals

Monday October 12th (20.00 BST)
Final

Template - Date: Kyle McKinstry Statement

The PDPA are aware that Kyle McKinstry has admitted to a charge related to match-fixing in a Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) sanctioned event, unconnected with the Professional Darts Corporation.

 

The DRA are in the process of dealing with this case, which is considered to be serious. It was announced last week that McKinstry has been suspended from attending or competing in DRA sanctioned events until the conclusion of his DRA hearing.

McKinstry has admitted a charge of match fixing in a fixture against David Evans. There is no suggestion whatsoever of any wrongdoing by Evans. The PDPA is assisting all parties concerned, including McKinstry and will continue to offer support in line with its duties as an organisation.

Our primary purpose is to serve and support all of our members and we hope that McKinstry’s mistakes and any punishment he may receive will also act as a reminder of the severity of such an offence.

Members are reminded to engage with our educational activities, including the e-learning module on betting integrity and our annual seminars. We also recently released new social media guidance, which includes the advice to report any integrity issues to the relevant authority.

Any suspicious approaches should be reported to the DRA or players should contact the PDPA for assistance in such matters. The PDPA will be making no further comment on this case at this time but would like to take this opportunity to remind all members to remain vigilant, educated and safe in this area.

The PDPA

Template - Date: Grand Slam of Darts Criteria

The qualification structure for the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts has been confirmed ahead of November’s tournament.

 

The 32-player tournament traditionally features players from both the PDC and BDO systems competing across nine days in Wolverhampton.

PDC players primarily qualify by reaching the final of a televised PDC Premier Event during each year, with this year’s representatives being headlined by reigning Grand Slam champion Gerwen Price and World Champion Peter Wright.

UK Open and Players Championship Finals winner Michael van Gerwen and World Youth Champion Luke Humphries are joined by recent World Matchplay winner Dimitri Van den Bergh in securing Grand Slam spots.

2020 PDC Home Tour winner Nathan Aspinall and James Wade, the highest-placed non-qualified player from the PDC Summer Series Order of Merit, will also compete in the event, with further places going to players from the Autumn Series and Winter Series.

In addition, World Matchplay runner-up Gary Anderson, Masters finalist Michael Smith and World Youth Championship runner-up Adam Gawlas are also in line to compete in the Grand Slam.

Further places in the tournament will be on offer for the finalists of the Premier League, World Series of Darts Finals, World Grand Prix, European Championship and World Cup of Darts, as well as to one player from the Women’s Qualifier in October.

The reserve list, comprised of winners of European Tour and Players Championship events, currently includes Ryan Searle, Krzysztof Ratajski, Ian White and Ryan Joyce.

2020 BDO Champion Wayne Warren and 2020 BDO Women’s Champion Mikuru Suzuki will be invited to compete in the Grand Slam of Darts for a second successive year.

However, due to the lack of confirmed events within the BDO and elsewhere in amateur darts, there will be no further BDO invites or invitations to players from outside the PDC system in 2020.

After the automatic qualifying routes are concluded, eight places will be on offer at the PDC Tour Card Holder Qualifier.

The qualification system will be reviewed for 2021, including the position of invitations to non-PDC players.

2020 Grand Slam of Darts – Qualifying Structure
PDC Competitors

Qualifying Players: (invited in the following order up to a maximum of 22 players. Current provisional qualifiers in Bold)
2019/20 PDC World Champion; PETER WRIGHT – 1
2019 Grand Slam Champion; GERWYN PRICE – 2
2020 Premier League Champion;
2020 World Matchplay Champion; DIMITRI VAN DEN BERGH – 3
2020 World Grand Prix Champion;
2019 World Youth Champion; LUKE HUMPHRIES – 4
2020 Masters Champion; (Peter Wright)
2020 UK Open Champion; MICHAEL VAN GERWEN – 5
2020 European Champion;
2019 Players Champion; (Michael van Gerwen)
2020 World Series of Darts Finals Champion;
2020 World Cup winners;
2020 PDC Home Tour Champion: NATHAN ASPINALL – 6
2020 PDC Summer Series OOM Highest-Placed Player: JAMES WADE – 7
2020 PDC Autumn Series OOM Highest-Placed Player:
2020 PDC Winter Series OOM Highest-Placed Player:
2020 PDC Women’s Qualifier:
2019/20 PDC World Championship runner-up; (Michael van Gerwen)
2019 Grand Slam runner-up; (Peter Wright)
2020 Premier League runner-up;
2020 World Matchplay runner-up; GARY ANDERSON – 8
2020 World Grand Prix runner-up;
2019 World Youth Championship runner-up; ADAM GAWLAS – 9
2020 Masters runner-up; MICHAEL SMITH – 10
2020 UK Open runner-up; (Gerwyn Price)
2020 European Championship runner-up;
2019 Players Championship runner-up; (Gerwyn Price)
2020 World Series of Darts Finals runner-up;
2020 World Cup runners-up (2 players with highest individual taking preference if only one spot available);

This list can produce a maximum of 31 players. If it produces more than 22 players, they shall be taken in order as listed above and no further players shall qualify automatically. (CURRENTLY 10 QUALIFIED WITH 12 PLACES REMAINING)

If it produces fewer than 22 places then additional places shall be filled from the reserve list in the following order:
2020 European Tour winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 9): (Gerwyn Price ET1)
2020 Players Championship winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 9): (Gary Anderson PC1), (Nathan Aspinall PC2, PC7), RYAN SEARLE (PC3) , KRZYSZTOF RATAJSKI (PC4), (Peter Wright PC5, PC13), (Gerwyn Price PC6), IAN WHITE (PC8), (Michael van Gerwen PC9, PC11), RYAN JOYCE (PC10), (James Wade PC12)

Players shall be separated within the reserve list first by the number of Events in each category they have won and then by their position in the PDC main Order of Merit on the cut-off date.

Once 22 players are reached from the above criteria then the remaining ten places shall be filled with eight players from a PDC Full Member qualifier and two invited players from the BDO system.

BDO Invited Players
WAYNE WARREN – 2020 BDO Champion
MIKURU SUZUKI – 2020 BDO Women’s Champion

Template - Date: Update PDC Women’s Series and Grand Slam Qualifier

The PDC will stage a four-event Women’s Series in October 2020, giving players the opportunity to qualify for the William Hill World Darts Championship as well as the Grand Slam of Darts.

 

However, due to issues at the original venue in Cannock, the venue has had to be changed to the Barnsley, Metrodome CLICK HERE for the current event brief, which includes The Official PDPA Room Rates at the Holiday Inn, Barnsley.

 

Two places in the 2020/21 World Championship will be on offer for female players based on prize money won across the four events to be held on October 17-18 from the Metrodome in Barnsley.

The mini-tour will replace the two separate qualifying tournaments for the World Championship which have been staged over the past two years, offering £20,000 prize money in total across the four events.

Entry will be £25 per player per event, and the PDC Women’s Series will be open to all female players aged 16 and above. Ahead of the four PDC Women’s Series events, a separate, free-to-enter Grand Slam of Darts Qualifier will be staged on Friday October 16, offering one place in November’s tournament.

Lisa Ashton became the first woman to win a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School earlier this year – amongst 16 female players competing in the event – while Fallon Sherrock created history and worldwide headlines with her run to the third round of the 2019/2020 World Championship, defeating Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic.

Anastasia Dobromyslova had joined Ashton in qualifying for the 2018/2019 World Championship, while Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki competed alongside Sherrock at Alexandra Palace last year. Ashton and Suzuki also played in the Grand Slam of Darts last year, and could secure another appearance in the event if they win through the qualifier on October 16.

Entry for the PDC Women’s Series will be available in due course via www.pdcplayers.com, with players who have not previously competed in PDC events needing to Register with the system first.

2020 PDC Women’s Series Barnsley

Friday October 16 – Grand Slam of Darts Qualifier
Saturday October 17 – PDC Women’s Series Events One & Two
Sunday October 18 – PDC Women’s Series Events Three & Four

Template - Date: PDPA Statement

PDPA associate member Wessel Nijman has issued the following statement in response to a Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) Disciplinary Committee referral:

 

I would like to place on public record my sincere regret and apology for the mistake I made in relation to betting and match-fixing. I was put under some pressure to lose a match and I agreed to do this. I have admitted the offence and take full responsibility for it and will accept my punishment.

I should have spoken to my management, the PDPA, DRA or police when I was put in this position and would advise any other player who finds themselves in a similar position to do that. Instead, I went along with it and made a stupid mistake that I am rightly being punished for.

It was a one-off error of judgement which I want to put behind me and do everything I can to put right. I have made private apologies to the people who I have let down, including my family who have backed me through my whole career, my management and sponsors, and I want to publicly apologise to them and everybody involved in darts, including fans.

My actions are a personal mistake made by me and not a reflection on the sport of darts. I want to move on, rebuild my career and reputation and am committed to helping to educate others through my own unfortunate experience so that this kind of offence can be prevented.

I will be making no further comment on this matter at this time.

Wessel Nijman

PDPA statement

The PDPA is disheartened to learn that two of our members have been referred to the Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) Disciplinary Committee for formal hearings for breaches of integrity rules in relation to betting and match-fixing in DRA sanctioned events, unconnected with the Professional Darts Corporation.

This is considered a serious matter and it is right and just that any player in breach of these rules is punished accordingly. Kyle McKinstry and Wessel Nijman have both been suspended from attending or competing in DRA sanctioned events until the conclusion of the hearings.

As McKinstry had indicated his intention to appeal this decision, the PDPA is unable to comment further on his ongoing case at this time. Nijman has accepted the charges, admitted the offence, expressed his regret and is fully cooperating with the DRA.

While the PDPA as an organisation condemns his actions, we also recognise his admission of guilt, his remorse, his willingness to cooperate and his desire to re-educate himself on matters of integrity.

We have provided Nijman with support, guidance, education and assistance and will continue to do so throughout the case and beyond.

The same support remains available to McKinstry. Our primary purpose is to serve and support all of our members and we hope that Nijman’s mistakes will also serve as a reminder of the severity of such an offence.

Members are reminded to engage with our educational activities, including the e-learning module on betting integrity and our annual seminars. We also recently released new social media guidance, which includes the advice to report any integrity issues to the relevant authority.

Any suspicious approaches should be reported to the DRA or players should contact the PDPA for assistance in such matters.

The PDPA will be making no further comment on these individual cases at this time but would like to take this opportunity to remind all members to remain vigilant, educated and safe in this area.

Template - Date: Nordic Masters moves to 2021

The 2020 Nordic Darts Masters has been cancelled and will now be staged in June 2021 at Forum Copenhagen.

 

The inaugural World Series of Darts event in Denmark, being staged in conjunction with Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), had initially been planned for June 2020 before being moved to October.

However, the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic mean that the event cannot be held this year, and will take place from June 11-13 2021 as the world’s top players take on leading talent from across the Nordic & Baltic region.

The event forms part of next year’s World Series of Darts, which will begin in New York in early June with the US Darts Masters. August will then see the World Series visit Australia for a double-header in Townsville and Wollongong before crossing the Tasman Sea to Hamilton for the NZ Darts Masters.

“There had been a great deal of anticipation for the Nordic Darts Masters, and whilst the event cannot now proceed in 2020 we’re already looking forward to visiting Forum Copenhagen next June,” said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.

“The Nordic and Baltic region has enjoyed real growth in recent years and it has been encouraging to see the development of players, and the Nordic Darts Masters will be a great opportunity for them to show their talents on a global stage against the biggest names in the sport next June.

“This year has seen unprecedented disruption to our schedule, but we can now look forward with anticipation alongside our partners NENT Group to next June’s Nordic Darts Masters.”

Session times for the 2021 Nordic Darts Masters will be confirmed in due course. Fans with tickets for the 2020 Nordic Darts Masters will have their booking transferred to the equivalent session of the 2021 event. Fans wishing to request a refund would contact their point of purchase.

Template - Date: CT and DT events update

The Challenge Tour and Development Tour had each played one four-event weekend in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic led to the suspension of tournaments in mid-March.

 

Following the return of competitive PDC action on the ProTour in July, plans have now been confirmed to conclude the secondary tours later this year. The Development Tour will resume with six £10,000 events to be held in Barnsley from September 25-27, which will then be followed by the early rounds of the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship.

The PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final remains planned for Sunday November 29 to take place between the semi-finals and final of the Players Championship Finals in Minehead. The Challenge Tour will then conclude with six £10,000 events to be held from October 9-11.

The top two players from both the Challenge Tour and Development Tour Orders of Merit will receive a two-year PDC Tour Card for 2021/2022. In addition, the top two players from the Development Tour Order of Merit and highest ranked player on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit will receive a place in the 2020/2021 William Hill World Darts Championship.

Entries will be available through www.pdcplayers.com, costing £25 per event for the Development Tour and £50 per event for the Challenge Tour.

Players who have not previously competed on the PDC Unicorn Development Tour will need to Register with the system first. PDC Unicorn Development Tour events are open to players who were aged 23 or under on January 2 2020, and once their 16th birthday has passed.

PDC Unicorn Development Tour

September 25-28, Barnsley Metrodome
Friday September 25 – Events Five & Six
Saturday September 26 – Events Seven & Eight
Sunday September 27 – Events Nine & Ten
Monday September 28 – PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship L96

PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour

October 9-11, Barnsley Metrodome 
Friday October 9 – Events Five & Six
Saturday October 10 – Events Seven & Eight
Sunday October 11 – Events Nine & Ten