Inaugural WDDA World Championship announced for 2020
The world’s best disability darts players will have a chance to compete for a World Championship for the first time next year following a groundbreaking announcement by Winmau and the World Disability Darts Association (WDDA).
Played on January 31st 2020, the WDDA Winmau World Championship will be held in conjunction with the Dutch Open, the world’s biggest open darts tournament, at De Bonte Wever in Assen.
Qualification for the tournament will be determined by the same criteria previously used for the WDDA Winmau World Masters, which is no longer on the calendar. No announcement regarding the prize fund has been made yet.
This announcement follows the success of the inaugural WDDA Winmau World Cup earlier this year in Belgium and the news that Winmau will remain sponsors of the WDDA until at least 2025.
The WDDA was formed in 2013 and currently has 12 affiliated countries, with several more having links through the World Darts Federation (WDF) system.
Of the tournament, Winmau’s Sales and Marketing director Ian Flack said “I am delighted disability darts has a new, exciting and even larger event to help carry the sport forward and we can’t wait to see who will be crowned the first-ever WDDA Winmau World Champion!”
Founder of the WDDA, Russ Strobel, added “The WDDA Winmau World Championship will represent the pinnacle of the sport and will hopefully encourage more players to participate in the future”.
Amongst the standout names in the seated disability darts are Belgian ace Vincent D’Hondt, fellow Winmau athlete Ricky Chilton and Michael Davies. In the standing classification, the big-hitters include Matt Doe of England, Michelovic van Velzen of the Netherlands and Belgian super-fan Jackie Goethals.