JDC World Championship cancelled as Gibraltar enforces ban on international events

The JDC World Championship has been cancelled following the enforced ban on international events from the Government of Gibraltar until the end of the year.

The sixth staging of the prestigious junior tournament was scheduled to take place in November alongside a number of additional events, but continued coronavirus fears have impeded plans.

Other tournaments cancelled involve the newly-integrated Junior World Soft-Tip Championship, as well as the World Cup and MvG Masters tournaments.

A record-breaking year for the JDC was materialising prior to the enforced shutdown, with Nathan Care hitting their first ever nine-darter and numbers registered continuing to increase.

All ranking points towards November’s World Championship have been declared null and void, with qualifying for next year’s tournament commencing as soon as applicable.

The 2021 World Championship has been scheduled to go ahead as normal next year from November 24-28 as well as the JDC’s aforementioned premium tournaments.

The final will take place at Alexandra Palace in London during the 2022 William Hill World Darts Championship, with Keane Barry, Jurjen van der Velde, Rusty-Jake Rodriguez, Maikel Verberk and Josh Richardson having reigned victorious since its inception.

Keane Barry lifted the prestigious trophy in December (Photography: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Meanwhile, JDC Virtual was contested online during the enforced lockdown periods across the globe, with players being rewarded ‘passports’ for their success.

A JDC Virtual World Championship was planned to take place in Gibraltar during the same week as the premium junior events, but that has been postponed and will now go ahead in April.

Both junior and senior tournaments have been rescheduled for April 8-12 to be played alongside soft-tip competitions in both categories.

Information regarding the resumption of the Junior Tour is currently unavailable, but the circuit is not expected to return until next year due to effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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