Tri-Nations formation proposed amid turbulent times for BDO
The formation of the Tri-Nations has been proposed by directors of the respective national organisations in England, Scotland and Wales in order to keep grassroots darts running smoothly across the British Isles.
Since darts’ governing body – the World Darts Federation – ceased their involvement in the BDO, in December, following adverse happenings unfolding at the prestigious World Masters, the future of the organisation became very uncertain.
That was then, more recently, capped off by chairman Des Jacklin leaving his role after a mere 18 months in charge, leading to further questions being posed and leaders of the respective British organisations taking action of their own.
Their incentives include the arranging of the long-standing tournaments held across England, Scotland and Wales, including the England, Scottish and Welsh Opens, as well as the potential running of the British Inter-County Championships if counties were to vote in favour.
On behalf of Tri-Nations directors, England Darts Organisation chairman Tommy Thompson released a statement explaining the vision for the newly-founded company.
“As we are all aware there has been considerable uncertainty concerning the future of the BDO these past few months and it’s a situation that has worsened with the recent abdication of the majority of their directors.
“Without dwelling on the well-publicised reasons for this continuing uncertainty, members interests have clearly not been best served with the ongoing lack of transparency or information, more so since the publication of their latest accounts, during which even our own auditors questioned the company’s ability to continue as a going concern, a point perhaps endorsed further by these resignations.
“As a direct consequence to the auditors alarming warnings, the Tri-Nations have been working these past few weeks to put together an alternative proposal which will hopefully provide a viable and sustainable future for grassroots darts in Britain.
“This proposal has been very accurately costed to ensure all members can have that future free from the threats of possible litigation and significantly free from the damaging consequences that all the recent adverse publicity has caused.
“If the members so choose, it will also allow us all to move forward together and when doing so protect the core events that we have all spent so many years enjoying and supporting.
“Without making any unrealistic promises we all feel – as a new entity, that the new beginning this proposal could provide will also hopefully afford all members of Tri-Nations Darts to negotiate and explore fresh contracts and sponsorship possibilities and do so unsullied by the damaging reputation that currently dominates our side of darts.
“We obviously accept these potential opportunities can only be explored if and once the proposal is accepted by a majority of the three country’s current county members, and once the level of support has been private company limited by guarantee without share capital ascertained, we will at the earliest opportunity and ‘national crisis permitting’ then organise a meeting to openly discuss everything in more detail.
“In the meanwhile we do ensure that we will update everyone with any progress and do so in the hope that everything, if accepted, is in place for the new season – September/October 2020.”
(Photography: England Darts Organisation)