WDF season start delayed following cancellation of Scottish and Romanian events
The World Darts Federation (WDF) have delayed the start to their season following the cancellations of the annual Scottish and Romanian events.
Usually the sport’s governing body will commence their season in January of each year, though, surging coronavirus cases and increased restrictions across Europe have prevented them from doing so.
March, the replanned month for this year’s ranked action to get underway, will mark a year since the last ranking event was contested, with the likes of Fallon Sherrock and Mike Warburton reigning victorious in the Isle of Man.
The WDF’s annual ranked Romanian and Scottish double-headers have been cancelled for this season, with restrictions in place in both countries and other dates later in the year infeasible.
Those popular events are usually held in January and February respectively, with other affected events including the Victorian Classic, Canterbury Classic and Camellia Classic.
A WDF statement confirmed that these events will be allowed to take place in a non-ranked manner, but points towards the relevant ranking lists will not be on offer until March at the earliest.
A segment of their statement read: “It is only right that we look after the welfare of our members and with that in mind, it has been agreed that no tournaments hosted in January or February will carry WDF ranking points.
“This decision ensures fairness to all of our member countries and removes any pressure from players feeling that they must travel to attend tournaments in order to secure the ranking points required to give them the best opportunity to reach major tournaments at the end of 2021.
“Should any non-WDF ranked tournaments go ahead during this period, it is the WDF’s recommendation that tournament organisers and players consult with local and global medical bodies at all times to ensure they have up to date and accurate information.”
The WDF season is currently now planned to commence at Canada’s Halifax Open from March 5-7 – which has been won by Jeff Smith on a record five occasions and was last year claimed by Nick Smith.
Other tournaments planned to take place in the early weeks of the season include the annual Isle of Man treble-header, as well as events in Hungary, Gibraltar and Australia.
(Featured Image: Romanian Darts Festival)