Major WDF Tournament & Circuit In The Works For 2020
After the success of the recent World Cup, the WDF have seemingly set their sights on a major tournament to be held in 2020, as well as a new set of events.
In their latest newsletter, the Federation alluded to a new, consistent circuit for the coming new year. The newsletter read the following:
We are working hard on developing a viable WDF ranking circuit for 2020 that will lead to our own major championship(s). As the governing body, it is our responsibility to provide opportunities for each player from every member country to compete at the highest level. This initiative is being led by our newly appointed WDF Chief Development Officer, Mr. Richard Ashdown.
All of this could lead to a second “split” with the WDF looking to presumably break away from the BDO.
In addition to this, the WDF look to take a step closer to acknowledge the sport as an Olympic sport.
The WDF General Meeting also took place in Romania during which we welcomed five new members to the Federation (details below). The membership also ratified and confirmed their acceptance of the IOC application by signing their letter as confirmed members of the WDF and their acknowledgement that the WDF is the World Governing body for darts. This was a requirement from all our members to advance with our IOC application to recognise darts as an Olympic Sport. Our IOC application consultant was on hand and answered many questions from the floor of the Meeting.
- Deta Hedman — England (Chair)
- Peter Machin – Australia
- Christiane Muzik – Austria
- Eniko Harsanyi – Hungary
- Tsuyoshi Yamasaki – Japan
2020 could be the year where real progress is made away from the PDC, and, after the sub standard performances from the BDO players at the Grand Slam, due in part to limited TV time, this could be the shot in the arm needed for the players to thrive.