PDC Asian Tour and Tom Kirby Memorial cancellation as World Championship criteria is detrimentally effected
Both the 2020 PDC Asian Tour and Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay have been cancelled, which detrimentally effects the current qualifying criteria for December’s World Championship.
The admired Asian Tour was originally scheduled to commence in March, but the severity of the coronavirus pandemic led to a five-month suspension, with the circuit delayed until late August in Taiwan.
Despite Taiwan’s remarkable ability in controlling coronavirus and the country not having a ban in place on sporting events, the Asian Tour has been cancelled this year due to the various travel restrictions in place across the continent.
Meanwhile, the Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay has also been cancelled, with the final originally planned to be staged during the World Grand Prix in Dublin.
17-year-old Keane Barry claimed the Tom Kirby Memorial last year (Photography: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
It is currently unclear how the World Championship and World Cup of Darts criteria will be amended following the cancellations.
DartPlayers Australia (DPA) previously confirmed that their season would be cut short and Gordon Mathers awarded his second World Championship appearance.
The EuroAsian Darts Corporation (EADC) also revealed that their Pro Tour would be terminated after one weekend, with Boris Koltsov and Aleksei Kadochnikov representing Russia at the World Cup of Darts.
The EADC currently have a World Championship qualifying event scheduled for October 28, while the DPA’s Oceanic Masters remains planned to take place on the weekend of October 30 dependent on restrictions in Australia.
Elsewhere, the DartPlayers New Zealand (DPNZ) circuit was brought to a halt in March, with Haupai Puha at pole position in the final rankings.
They will start their 2021 season in January, but will still hold a top 16 play-off later this year to determine who will play at the World Championship.
North America’s Championship Darts Corporation (CDC) circuit has yet to commence for 2020, with plans being put in place to return later this year, once again dependent on the various restrictions in place.
PDC Nordic and Baltic are planning an extended weekend of four tournaments in October in Latvia, with the top two on the final Order of Merit securing their place at the World Championship.
Full information regarding the PDC’s amendments to the qualification criteria for the World Championship will be released in due course.
CURRENT INTERNATIONAL QUALIFIERS FOR 2021 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Factually correct as of August 11 following the cancellations of the Asian Tour and Tom Kirby Memorial
Gordon Mathers (DPA Pro Tour winner)
Nico Kurz (German Super League winner)
PDC Asian Tour #1 – Cancelled
PDC Asian Tour #2 – Cancelled
PDC Asian Tour #3 – Cancelled
PDC Asian Tour #4 – Cancelled
Japanese Qualifier – TBC
Indian Qualifier – TBC
Chinese Qualifier – TBC
EADC Qualifier – October 28
Oceanic Masters – October 30
DPNZ Qualifier – TBC
CDC American #1 – TBC
CDC Canadian #1 – TBC
North American Championship winner – Cancelled
African Qualifier – TBC
South American Qualifier – TBC
Eastern European Qualifier – TBC
South East European Qualifier – TBC
South West European Qualifier – TBC
West European Qualifier – TBC
Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay – Cancelled
Development Tour #1 – September 25-27
Development Tour #2 – September 25-27
Challenge Tour #1 – October 9-11
Nordic and Baltic #1 – TBC
Nordic and Baltic #2 – TBC
World Youth Championship winner – November 29
Women’s Series #1 – October 17-18
Women’s Series #2 – October 17-18
PDPA Qualifier #1 – November 30
PDPA Qualifier #2 – November 30
(Featured Image: Professional Darts Asia)