Monday 6th April Updates ‘NEWS REEL’
Current Information on PDC Events, Travel and Deadlines.
Updates regarding Coronavirus Advice for all PDC Events, the PDPA announce the following for our Members which affects all upcoming events, travel, hotels and travel insurance.
Monday 6th April 14.50hrs
Chris Murphy joins the PDPA:
The PDPA are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Murphy as Communications Manager on an initially temporary basis during the COVID-19 crisis.
Murphy brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked in professional darts for the last decade. The 33-year-old PDC.TV commentator is a former press officer and content manager for MODUS Sports Management and their players, including world number one Michael van Gerwen. For Full PRESS RELEASE see news item. Click Here
Friday 3rd April 14.00hrs
The Championship Darts Corporation has announced that their planned second Tour weekend of 2020, in Chicago in May, has been cancelled.
Due to the ongoing worldwide situation, the year’s opening weekend in Ontario in March was postponed last month. The planned weekend from May 15-17 in Chicago will also now not take place, although the CDC hope to resume play for their next scheduled weekend, in Denver in July.
However, the organisation is planning to introduce a CDC Championship League featuring seven North American players competing in a seven-week season, including one weekly featured match from each country to be streamed.
Wednesday 1st April 15.00hrs
The 2020 US Darts Masters:
Which was scheduled for June 5-6 in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, has been postponed and moved back to June 4-5 2021.
The sport’s top stars, led by current World Champion Peter Wright, world number one Michael van Gerwen and history-maker Fallon Sherrock, were set to take on leading players from North America in June as the PDC’s World Series of Darts visited New York for the first time.
With the global restrictions currently in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to move the US Darts Masters and North American Championship back 12 months to be staged on June 4-5 2021.
The US Darts Masters will begin on Friday June 4 2021 with the first round, as the eight PDC representatives take on the eight North American representatives. The afternoon session on Saturday June 5 will then see the North American Championship take place, as the eight North American representatives compete in their own knockout event.
The US Darts Masters then concludes in the evening session on Saturday June 5 with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.
Wednesday 1st April 10.00hrs
Nordic Masters New Date:
The inaugural PDC World Series of Darts event in Copenhagen has been moved back four months, with the Nordic Darts Masters now to be staged on October 23-24.
The sport’s top stars, led by World Champion Peter Wright and world number one Michael van Gerwen, were set to take on leading players from across the Nordic & Baltic region on June 12-13 at Forum Copenhagen
With the global restrictions currently in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to move the Nordic Darts Masters to be staged later in 2020. The inaugural event at Forum Copenhagen will begin on Friday October 23 with the first round, which sees the eight PDC stars drawn against the eight regional representatives.
The tournament then concludes with two sessions on Saturday October 24, with the quarter-finals in the afternoon session followed by the semi-finals and final in the evening session.
The four PDC Tour Card Holders from the Nordic & Baltic region retain their places in the tournament, with Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas – a World Championship quarter-finalist this year – joined by Finland’s Marko Kantele, Sweden’s Daniel Larsson and Latvia’s Madars Razma in competing.
Three Danish representatives will also compete in the tournament, with the final place being awarded to a PDCNB qualifier. The PDC representatives are also set to include Fallon Sherrock, who created history and worldwide headlines as the first woman to win at the PDC World Championship in December.
Tuesday 31st March 12.00hrs
PDPA Announcement for Tour Card Holders.
The PDPA has announced measures to assist PDC Tour Card Holders during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
As always, our Members’ health and wellbeing is our utmost priority. Additionally, the financial impact on our Members due to the pandemic is something which we and the PDC continue to monitor daily.
Therefore, for our Members’ benefit we announce the following:
- An Immediate Emergency Fund for any Tour Card Holder in real need of immediate financial assistance. This fund is SPECIFICALLY for Members who are currently suffering a real negative financial impact due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This applied-for payment will be non-repayable.
- A PDPA/PDC Hardship Fund for any Tour Card Holder who requires further financial support in the months ahead in the form of an advance against future prize money. The details for this fund will be forwarded to all Tour Card Holders in due course.
Our Tour Card Holders will be emailed with full information about these packages and how they can apply for this support.
If any Tour Card Holder does not receive this email, please contact the PDPA as soon as possible, with contact details available at www.pdpa.co.uk.
Sunday 29th March 13.15hrs
Kyle Anderson has tested positive for Coronaviris and is now in isolation at home in Australia.
The 32-year-old returned to Australia recently, with play in PDC events having been paused during the current global pandemic.
He was tested whilst at home in Queensland with wife Tara and son Charles, and although not requiring hospital treatment is now in isolation close to his family and following the appropriate medical guidance.
“He is in good spirits but is now back in isolation on his own in a farm house in Mount Morgan,” said manager Mark Elkin, in a statement. “Tara and Charles both tested negative and are both back in the family home.
“It goes without saying that we all wish him a speedy recovery, but it also stresses the need to follow the guidelines set out by the Government. We need to beat this disease together as one.” We all wish Kyle a speedy and safe recovery, and he is receiving support from us, his friends, family and management.
Saturday 28th March 09.00hrs
Streaming Darts during Covid-19 ‘Shutdown’
For clarity, this is the PDC’s current position in respect of live streamed darts.
We are happy for players to arrange ad hoc matches against each other for fun or practice and they can use streaming or scoring services like DartConnect for this of course. However, players are not permitted to enter in to agreements or arrangements with broadcasters, media outlets, bookmakers or similar to participate in organised/scheduled darts matches or tournaments.
It is important at this time that we preserve the integrity of our sport and also protect our commercial relationships, as going forward they are going to be more important than ever. We trust this is clear and I am happy to have any conversations directly with players or managers who require any additional clarification at this time.
Friday 27th March 10.30hrs
Self Employment Government Scheme:
The Chancellor, this evening, announced a new Self-employment Income Support Scheme to support self-employed people who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. GOV.UK has further details about who is eligible for the scheme and how it will work.
Self-employed people do not need to get in touch with HMRC as the scheme isn’t yet open for applications. HMRC will contact eligible customers by the beginning of June, inviting them to apply.
Unfortunately, we are aware of an increase in scam emails, calls and texts. If someone gets in touch claiming to be from HMRC, saying that financial help can be claimed or that a tax refund is owed, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, please do not respond.
HMRC will never contact you out of the blue to ask for these details. The government has also introduced the following help for the self-employed:
- Deferral of Self Assessment Income Tax payments due in July 2020 and VAT payments due from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020
- Grants for businesses that pay little or no business rates
- Increased amounts of Universal Credit
- Business Interruption Loan Scheme
- Directors of their own company paid through PAYE, may be able to get support using the Job Retention Scheme We will continue to share the most up to date information directly with you as it becomes available.
Thursday 26th March 11.45hrs
Current Events Postponed, events highlighted have been re-scheduled:
(19th) PL Darts N7 Newcastle > 1st Oct
(20th/22nd) EDGP, Sindelfingen > 29th/31st May
(21st/22nd) DT 5-8 Wigan TBC
(25th) PL Darts N8 Rotterdam > 9th Sept
(26th) PL Darts N9 Rotterdam > 10th Sept
(27th/29th) EDO, Leverkusen > 7th/9th Aug
(2nd) PL Darts Night 10 Belfast TBC
(4th/5th) PC 9-10 Barnsley TBC
(6th) ET 5&6 TCH Qualifiers Barnsley TBC
(9th) PL Darts N11 Sheffield > July 2nd
(11th/13th) GDGP, Munich > July 31st/Aug 2nd
(11th/12th) CT 5-8 Wigan TBC
(16th) PL Darts N12 Manchester > 24th Sept
(17th) ET7 TCH Qualifier Barnsley TBC
(18th/19th) PC 11-12 Barnsley TBC
(23rd) PL Darts N13 Berlin > 3rd Sept
(30th) PL Darts N14 Birmingham > July 30th
Tuesday 24th March 12.00hrs
Premier League new dates:
The Unibet Premier League nights planned for Manchester, Berlin and Birmingham during April are the latest events to be postponed.
With worldwide restrictions continuing, the postponements mean that all five planned Premier League nights in April will now be rearranged, following Monday’s announcement that the visits to Belfast and Sheffield will not take place as initially scheduled.
The visits to Manchester and Berlin have been moved to September, while the visit to Utilita Arena Birmingham will now be in July.
The rescheduled dates are as follows:
Thursday April 16 – The Manchester Arena – NOW Thursday September 24
Thursday April 23 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin – NOW Thursday September 3
Thursday April 30 – Arena Birmingham – NOW Thursday July 30
The changes mean that at least eight Unibet Premier League nights will now be rescheduled, with the five April dates following the postponements of the visit to Newcastle and the Rotterdam double-header in March.
At present, the Unibet Premier League is now planned to conclude in Newcastle on Thursday October 1.
Tickets purchased for the original league nights will remain valid for the new dates. Should any fans with tickets be unable to attend the new date, they will be entitled to a refund from their point of purchase.
Revised Unibet Premier League Schedule
At March 24 2020
May 7 2020 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
May 14 2020 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
May 21 2020 – The O2, London
July 2 2020 – The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
July 30 2020 – Utilita Arena Birmingham
September 3 2020 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
September 9-10 2020 – Rotterdam Ahoy
September 24 2020 – The Manchester Arena
October 1 2020 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle
TBC – The SSE Arena, Belfast
Monday 23rd March 16.00hrs
RE: Premier League
The Unibet Premier League nights planned for Belfast and Sheffield during April have been postponed due to the ongoing global situation.
March’s planned Premier League nights in Newcastle and Rotterdam were postponed recently, and with further restrictions now in place worldwide, the first two events scheduled in April will also now be staged later in 2020. In line with the rescheduling of other nights to extend the Unibet Premier League season during 2020, the visit to The FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, originally on Thursday April 9th, has been rescheduled for Thursday July 2nd.
Details of the revised date for the visit to The SSE Arena in Belfast, which was originally planned for Thursday April 2nd will be confirmed in due course. Tickets purchased for the original league nights will remain valid for the new dates. Should any fans with tickets be unable to attend the new date, they will be entitled to a refund from their point of purchase.
Sunday 22nd March 11.00hrs
RE: DPNZ & DPA:
The ongoing worldwide situation has led to events in March, April and May on the DartPlayers Australia and DartPlayers New Zealand circuits to be cancelled.
The DPA have postponed the planned ProTour weekends in Tasmania in April and Victoria in May, as well as planned two Challenge Tour weekends in late March. The events are set to be rescheduled for later in 2020, with further details to be confirmed in due course via dartplayersaustralia.com.
In New Zealand, the 2019/20 DPNZ Harrows ProTour season has now concluded following the cancellation of events planned in Queenstown on March 21-22.
The news means that Haupai Puha has topped the DPNZ Men’s Rankings for 2019/20, winning eight out of 12 events to claim 212 points, with Ben Robb (136) in second place, Warren Parry (124) in third and Darren Herewini (72) in fourth. The 2020/21 DPNZ Harrows ProTour season is now expected to begin in September, with further details to be confirmed at dartplayers.co.nz in due course.
Friday 20th March 14.00hrs
RE: Email to Members:
Email sent to all PDC Tour Card Holders on interest in behind closed doors events.
Thursday 19th March 12.00hrs
RE: PDC Tour Events in April
The Players Championship double-headers, European Tour Qualifiers and the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour events planned for April have now been postponed.
With restrictions being imposed across the world at present and further to this week’s postponement of the non-televised events in the remainder of March, the following tournaments also will not now take place as planned:
- Players Championships – April 4-5
- European Tour 5-6 Qualifiers – April 6
- PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 5-8 – April 10-12
- European Tour 7 Qualifier – April 17
- Players Championships – April 18-19
Rescheduled dates for the above events will be confirmed in due course, with the three postponed European Tour events which had been set for March and April already rearranged for later in 2020. Player entries for postponed tournaments will also remain valid for any rearranged equivalent dates. Players can see further updates from the PDPA via www.pdpa.co.uk.
Wednesday 18th March 14.00hrs
RE: German Darts Grand Prix, Munich.
The 2020 German Darts Grand Prix in Munich has been rearranged for July 31-August 2 as the latest European Tour event to be rescheduled.
The German Darts Grand Prix had been set to be played from April 11-13 across the Easter period, but was one of three European Tour events initially postponed last week due to the ongoing global situation.
However, the event has now been rescheduled for Friday July 31-Sunday August 2 at Zenith in Munich, and will replace the previously planned Players Championship events on August 1-2. Tickets for original the German Darts Grand Prix dates will remain valid for the equivalent session from August 7-9. Fans with queries about tickets can contact their point of purchase.
Revised European Tour Dates:
- European Darts Grand Prix (ET2) – now May 29-31
- German Darts Grand Prix (ET4) – now July 31-August 2
- European Darts Open (ET3) – now August 7-9
The Players Championship double-header will be rearranged in due course alongside other planned ProTour weekends which have been impacted by the recent amendments to the 2020 PDC calendar.
Wednesday 18th March 11.30hrs
The Junior Darts Corporation has postponed its forthcoming tour events in Coventry as well as JDC Academy sessions due to the ongoing global situation and restrictions in place across the UK.
The JDC held the fifth and sixth events on the Scott Farms International Junior Darts Tour in Wolverhampton on March 14, where Nathan Potter and Leighton Bennett shared victories. However, with restrictions being imposed across the UK this week, the JDC have now postponed the planned double-header on Saturday April 11 in Coventry.
In addition, they have also suspended JDC Academy sessions and postponed the planned JDC Accreditation Days in England and Ireland and the Greenzone Tour event in Derby.
Tuesday 17th March 11.20hrs
RE: Development Tour & Players Championship MK.
The forthcoming PDC Unicorn Development Tour events on March 21-22 and the Players Championship weekend on March 28-29 are to be postponed.
Three nights of the Unibet Premier League and a trio of PDC European Tour events have already been postponed due to the ongoing worldwide situation.
With restrictions being implemented in the UK alongside further worldwide measures, the PDC has opted to postpone the next two weekends of non-televised events. This means that the year’s second Development Tour weekend, which was set to feature four tournaments in Wigan, as well as the new Players Championship double-header in Milton Keynes have now been postponed.
PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter said: “The health and wellbeing of players, fans, officials and staff at events has been at the forefront of our thoughts over the past week during an unprecedented time for everyone worldwide.
“We issued precautionary measures around last week’s Unibet Premier League night in Liverpool and Players Championship events to keep everyone as safe as possible. “However, following Monday’s announcements and further discussions with stakeholders including the PDPA and venues, we feel it is in the best interests of everyone involved in the sport to postpone the forthcoming Development Tour and Players Championship weekends during March.
“We had hoped to provide as many playing opportunities as possible for players in the coming weeks, and will work to rearrange these events during 2020.” Player entries for postponed tournaments will also remain valid for any rearranged equivalent dates. Players can see further updates from the PDPA via www.pdpa.co.uk.
Monday 16th March 18.02hrs
RE: Newcastle Premier League
The Unibet Premier League night at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle planned for Thursday March 19th has been postponed and will be rescheduled for Thursday October 1st.
The decision to postpone Thursday’s planned event has been taken following the UK Government’s restriction on “non-essential social contact” and decision to remove emergency service support for mass gatherings.
Thursday’s event in Newcastle becomes the third Premier League night of the 2020 season to be postponed, following last week’s announcement moving the Rotterdam double-header to September 9-10.
Tickets for the rearranged Premier League nights in Newcastle and Rotterdam will remain valid for the rearranged dates. Ticket holders will be contacted by their point of purchase in due course.
Monday 16th March 14.15hrs
RE: New Dates for European Darts Open
The European Darts Open has been rescheduled for August 7-9 following the postponement of the originally-planned March dates.
The PDC European Tour event had been due to be held in Leverkusen from March 27-29, but was postponed last week due to restrictions in place across Germany due to the current global situation.
The tournament has now been moved to be held from August 7-9 in Leverkusen, and will feature the original field of qualified players, with the 16 seeded players having been joined by 24 players from last Friday’s Tour Card Holder Qualifier.
The news follows Saturday’s confirmation that the European Darts Grand Prix has been rescheduled for May 29-31 in Sindelfingen. Rearranged dates for the German Darts Grand Prix are still being finalised, and will be announced once available.
Tickets for original the European Darts Open dates will remain valid for the equivalent session from August 7-9. Fans with queries about tickets can contact their point of purchase.
MONDAY 16th March 12.40hrs
RE: Dates and Deadlines for current events.
Friday 20th DEADLINE D/T 5-8 (Wigan 21/22 March)
Friday 20th DEADLINE PC 9-10 (MK 28/29 March)
Saturday 21st/Sunday 22nd EVENTS D/T 5-8 Wigan
Tuesday 24th DEADLINE PC 11-12 (Wigan 4th/5th April)
Tuesday 24th DEADLINE ET Events 5&6
Saturday 28th/Sunday 29th EVENTS PC 9-10 MK
Thursday 2nd EVENT Premier League 8 Belfast
Saturday 4th/Sunday 5th EVENTS PC 11-12 Barnsley
Monday 6th EVENTS ET Events 5&6 TCH Qualifier Barnsley
Tuesday 7th DEADLINE PC 13-14 (Barnsley 18th/19th April)
Tuesday 7th DEADLINE ET 7
Thursday 9th EVENT Premier League 9 Sheffield
Thursday 9th DEADLINE C/T 5-8 (Wigan 10th/12th)
Friday 10th/Sunday 12th EVENTS C/T 5-8 Wigan
Thursday 16th EVENT Premier League 10 Manchester
Friday 17th EVENT ET 7 TCH Qualifier Barnsley
Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th EVENTS PC 13-14 Barnsley
Thursday 23rd EVENT Premier League Berlin
Thursday 30th EVENT Premier League Birmingham
MONDAY 16th March 12.15hrs
RE: Development Tours 5-8 Wigan
Receiving a lot of questions regarding the Development Tours this weekend in Wigan.
At this moment in time these events are scheduled to go ahead, everyone should continue to be vigilant and check daily on this area as the situation can change in this current climate, but at present these will be going ahead, but please keep checking.
Monday 16th March 09.00hrs
RE: Hotel Bookings European Tour events.
For any hotels booked via the PDPA Website for European Tour events.
ET2 (Sindelfingen) and ET4 (Munich) which had been postponed, any hotels booked have been cancelled free of any charges. For event 3 (Leverkusen) any hotels booked can be transferred to the new date of the event when it has been confirmed, please see the event brief for those events when new dates have been confirmed.
Saturday 14th March 13.00hrs
RE: European Darts Grand Prix/Sindelfingen and PC 15/16 Hildesheim.
This event has been rescheduled for May 29-31. The tournament had been planned as the year’s second European Tour event and was due to be held from March 20-22 at the Glaspalast, before being one of three events postponed earlier this week due to the current global situation.
With restrictions in Germany currently in place until April 19, the European Darts Grand Prix is now set to take place from May 29-31, and will remain at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen. As a result, the planned Players Championship double-header in Hildesheim on May 30-31 will be rescheduled, with details to be announced once finalised.
Rearranged dates for the European Darts Open (ET3) and German Darts Grand Prix (ET4) are still being finalised, and will be announced once confirmed. Tickets for the original European Darts Grand Prix dates will remain valid for the equivalent session of the new event. Any fans with queries about tickets can contact their point of purchase.
Friday 13th March 14.00hrs
RE: New Dates for Rotterdam Premier League.
The 2020 Unibet Premier League season will continue until at least September, with the dates now confirmed for a rescheduled double-header at Rotterdam Ahoy.
The Premier League nights originally scheduled for March 25-26 at Ahoy have been postponed due to regulations introduced in the Netherlands following the Coronavirus epidemic. The double-header has now been rearranged for September 9-10 at Rotterdam Ahoy, starting at 2000 local time on each night.
Subject to no further changes being required to the existing Unibet Premier League schedule, the nights in Rotterdam are now set to be the 16th league night on Wednesday September 9 and the Play-Offs on Thursday September 10.
The schedule amendments will now make the visit to The SSE Arena in Belfast on Thursday April 2 the eighth league night, with Judgement Night now becoming Thursday April 9 at The FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield.
Existing ticket bookings for March 25-26 at Rotterdam Ahoy will remain valid for the corresponding new dates on September 9-10. Further updates in relation to PDC events and the Coronavirus epidemic will be issued at pdc.tv/Coronavirus.
2020 Unibet Premier League Revised Schedule:
(Updated 16th March)
Thursday April 2 – SSE Arena, Belfast
Thursday April 9 – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
Thursday April 16 – The Manchester Arena
Thursday April 23 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Thursday April 30 – Arena Birmingham
Thursday May 7 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Thursday May 14 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
Thursday May 21 – The O2, London
Wednesday September 9 – Rotterdam Ahoy
Thursday September 10 – Rotterdam Ahoy
Thursday October 1 – Newcastle
Thursday March 12th 20.00hrs
RE: CDC events postponed.
The planned opening weekend of the 2020 Championship Darts Corporation season in North America has been postponed.
The CDC’s 2020 events had been due to begin from March 20-22 in Ontario, Canada, with two CDC Tour events accompanied by World Series of Darts qualifiers and Junior Tour events. However, due to the evolving situation worldwide due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the CDC have taken the decision to postpone the weekend.
Thursday March 12th 16.00hrs
RE: Rotterdam Premier League double header postponed.
The Premier League double-header at Rotterdam Ahoy which was scheduled for March 25th – 26th is the latest PDC event to be postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
Three PDC European Tour events planned for Germany during March and April were postponed earlier this week due to restrictions put in place by regional federal governments. On Thursday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced that all gatherings of more than 100 people were to be prevented in the Netherlands until at least March 31.
The PDC will work with Rotterdam Ahoy to secure new dates to stage the Premier League nights, with further announcements to be made in due course. Fans who have tickets for either Premier League night in Rotterdam will be entitled to retain the tickets for the equivalent new dates or to receive a full refund.
Details will be finalised in due course and ticket buyers will be contacted by email to the email address which is registered to their booking. At present, the Unibet Premier League’s other nights are not subject to any restrictions. However, the PDC will continue to liaise with the relevant authorities and any updates will be announced ASAP.
Current PDC Event Postponements Confirmed:
- ET2 The European Darts Grand Prix – Sindelfingen
- ET3 The European darts Open – Leverkusen
- ET4 The German Darts Grand Prix – Munich
- Premier League Night 8 Rotterdam
- Premier League Night 9 Rotterdam
Wednesday March 11th 19.30hrs
RE: The European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen postponed.
This event has become the third PDC European Tour event to be postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
The PDC announced on Tuesday that the European Darts Open in Leverkusen and the German Darts Grand Prix in Munich would not be taking place following measures put in place by federal governments in the regions in Germany.
This measure has also been adopted now in Sindelfingen meaning that this years planned 2nd European Tour event in Sindelfingen from March 20th-22nd will be postponed. The PDC are working with PDC Europe to schedule new dates for the events, with the possibility that other planned tournament nets may move in the calendar to accommodate the rescheduled European Tour events.
Wednesday March 11th 12.00hrs
RE: New Players Championship at ArenaMK in March.
A new Players Championship weekend will be played on March 28-29 in Milton Keynes to replace the postponed European Tour event in Germany.
The European Darts Open in Leverkusen, which was originally planned for March 27-29, has been postponed following measures put in place by the regional federal government in Germany.
As a result, the PDC will now stage two £75,000 Players Championship events at the Marshall Arena on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29. The tournaments will be streamed live online through PDCTV, with two streams available simultaneously throughout each event. PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members can now enter these events online through the PDC Online Entry System. Entries will close at 1400 GMT on Friday March 20.
The events are currently titled for player entries as Players Championship 9MK and Players Championship 10MK. However, following the close of entries. Subsequent Players Championship events in 2020 will be renumbered accordingly. Rescheduled dates for the two postponed European Tour events will be confirmed in due course.
Tuesday March 10th 17.22hrs
RE: Leverkusen and Munich postponed.
The PDC European Tour events scheduled for Leverkusen and Munich in the coming weeks will be postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
Following a decision by the federal governments in North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria to prevent gatherings of over 1,000 people, the following European Tour events will now not take place as planned:
- European Darts Open (ET3) – March 27-29 in Leverkusen
- German Darts Grand Prix (ET4) – April 11-13 in Munich
The PDC are working with PDC Europe to schedule new dates for the events, with the possibility that other planned tournaments may move in the calendar to accommodate the rescheduled European Tour events.
Tickets already purchased for the events will remain valid for the equivalent session of the re-arranged event, or refunds will be available. Players are advised not to book travel or accommodation for these European Tour events. The PDPA have also advised all players to check that they have appropriate travel insurance.
The PDPA can assist players with any queries relating to travel or accommodation bookings. In addition to the two postponed events, PDC Europe remain in dialogue with the venue and local authorities in Sindelfingen regarding the forthcoming European Darts Grand Prix, which is planned to take place from March 20-22.
The planned opening three weekends of the 2020 PDC Asian Tour have already been cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic, with the season now set to begin in May with events in Seoul and Kobe.
NOTE: At present, the Tour Card Holder Qualifiers for ET3&4 are expected to be played as planned in Barnsley on Friday March 13.
Tuesday March 10th 16.00hrs
RE: Health/Safety at PDC events, guests at this W/E events.
A message to all players from the PDC regarding players guests at this weekends Pro-Tour events.
Dear Player/Manager: With regard to the current Coronavirus situation, discussions have been held with our venue Health and Safety teams and it has been agreed that guests will be limited to ONE per player until further notice.
For this weekends events in Barnsley please send your updated guest name to [email protected] by 10pm Thursday, March 12
Tuesday March 10th 14.30hrs
RE: Advice on travel and insurance for events.
All players and managers are advised to keep themselves up-to-date with any official guidance currently in place worldwide due to Coronavirus, which can change at any time – especially in relation to travel and freedom of movement.
At present, we advise all not to book travel and accommodation for events two to four of the European Tour in Germany. Any further information regarding these events will be announced and circulated in due course. The Qualifiers for these events ET2 – ET4 details will be announced in due course as soon as possible. All players, managers and fans need to take note of the current situation and any possible further situations which can change at any point in relation to travelling in Europe.
It is paramount that you get the correct information and are all covered with the correct travel insurance, so please check that you are covered (Small Print) on your policy. Particularly Travel Disruption Cover.
- If possible, book any travel/hotels which can be cancelled at no extra cost.
Please note, if any hotels, flights, travel or events are cancelled due to Covid-19 Coronavirus it will be your travel insurance companies responsibility, but there are many stipulations which you need to be aware of.
Martin Lewis: from ‘Money Saving Expert’ has given his analysis on the current situation and any insurance advice please CLICK HERE for his in depth analysis. UK Government: There is also the current UK Governments current and updated advice on travel CLICK HERE
Any further information regarding this particular issue will be published ASAP.
Tuesday March 3rd 14.00hrs
RE: PDC Asia Tour.
The 2020 PDC Asian Tour has been subject to a further schedule amendment due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
The opening three planned weekends of 2020 have already been postponed, with the revised schedule having seen the season set to have opened on April 18-19 in the Philippines.
However, that weekend will now be rescheduled for later in 2020, with further details to be finalised. The planned weekends on May 9-10 in Seoul and May 30-31 in Kobe are still currently scheduled but will be confirmed in due course. Players are reminded of the advice to have appropriate travel insurance should any further changes to the schedule be required, and to only confirm flight and/or hotel bookings once their entry is confirmed.
For further details and entry information, please visit www.pdc-asia.tv or follow Professional Darts Asia on Facebook.
2020 PDC Asian Tour dates:
Events One & Two May 9-10, PDK Darts Stadium, Seoul
Events Three & Four May 30-31, Kobe Sanbo-Hall, Kobe
Five further weekends TBC
Monday March 2nd 15.00hrs
RE: Current Information on attending PDC Events:
The health and safety of our players, staff and fans is our main priority at all our events.
Currently, there are no plans to cancel, postpone or otherwise change the running of our events and we are in regular contact with our venues, all of which are operating as normal.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will follow advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national government. We would like to draw the attention of anyone who attends any of our events to the following general advice:
- Frequently clean your hands in soap and water, or with an alcohol-based hand rub. We will endeavour to provide additional hand sanitizers where possible;
- If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands;
- Avoid contact with anyone who has a fever or cough;
- Avoid unnecessary contact with high touch areas such as handrails, lift buttons, door handles, surfaces etc;
- If you experience difficulty breathing, have a high temperature or cough, please stay at home and contact a medical advisor by phone;
- Players are entitled, should they wish, not to shake hands or have any other form of physical contact with their opponent or officials (for example at the end of their match);
- Fans are advised that during this time players may not feel comfortable interacting with fans to their usual level and so it may be more difficult to obtain autographs or pictures with players.
- Fans are thanked for their understanding at this time.
If you are considering attending any PDC event in any capacity and have recently returned to the UK from overseas, particularly affected parts of Asia or northern Italy, we would like to draw your attention to the following advice given from the UK Government CLICK HERE: