World Cup of Darts moves to Austria while rescheduled European Tour is announced
The World Cup of Darts has been rescheduled to take place later this year in Graz, Austria, while five dates have been confirmed as part of this year’s European Tour.
Hamburg’s Barclaycard Arena was originally planned to the host the unique doubles tournament in June, however, social distancing measures across Europe led to the suspension of the professional season until July.
The weekend of November 6 will now see 32 nations compete at the Premstattner Halle in Graz as a supposedly congested calendar towards the backend of the year begins to take shape.
The Scottish pairing celebrating their success last year in Hamburg (Photography: Stefan Strassenburg)
Scotland’s Peter Wright and Gary Anderson claimed the spoils 12 months ago as they overcame the surprise package of William O’Connor and Steve Lennon of Ireland in the final.
Following the move across the Austria-Germany border, Max Hopp and Martin Schindler’s spell as the host nation pairing comes to an end, despite Schindler likely to be replaced by Gabriel Clemens.
Austria’s Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez will now compete in their fatherland, with Suljovic having lifted his third European Tour title on home soil just last year.
The tournament will come to a close on November 8, and it will replace the planned dates for the Austrian Darts Open, with tickets purchased for the original dates of the European Tour event remaining valid for the equivalent World Cup sessions.
Meanwhile, the now depleted European Tour season will consist of only five events due to restrictions across mainland Europe, in particular the Netherlands and Germany.
Gerwyn Price lifted the only title in Europe thus far this season at the inaugural Belgian Darts Championship in March, while four further tournaments will take place as part of the popular series.
World number three Price claimed his second title of the season in Belgium (Photography: Sven Neuschaefer/PDC Europe)
The first-ever staging of the Hungarian Darts Trophy will kick-start the return of the European Tour from September 4-6, before Jena and Gibraltar both host events later that month.
The Czech Darts Open, last year won by Jamie Hughes, will subsequently take place from October 16-18, prior to the European Championship going ahead from October 29-November 1 in Dortmund.
A promising announcement was met with optimism from onlookers, with no competitive professional darts having taken place since mid-March, and players instead resorting to the innovative PDC Home Tour.
A further statement is expected imminently regarding the World Matchplay – which currently remains scheduled to materialise prior to the Premier League recommencing at the backend of July.
2020 WORLD CUP OF DARTS
Friday November 6
First Round x8
First Round x8
Saturday November 7
Second Round x4
Second Round x4
Sunday November 8
Semi-Finals & Final
2020 EUROPEAN TOUR
Hungarian Darts Trophy (Budapest) – September 4-6
German Darts Open (Jena) – September 11-13
Gibraltar Darts Trophy (Gibraltar) – September 25-27
Czech Darts Open (Prague) – October 16-18.
European Championship (Dortmund) – October 29-November 1
(Featured Image: PDC Europe)