Wright and Anderson rule themselves out of World Cup of Darts defence due to travelling concerns
Peter Wright and Gary Anderson have ruled themselves out of Scotland’s World Cup of Darts defence due to concerns of travelling during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Scottish pairing have been relatively successful as a duo in the tournament, in particular last May when they lifted the trophy for the first time.
However, neither Wright nor Anderson will compete in the unique staging in the coming weeks, with fears of boarding a plane in the current climate being the reasoning.
“Unfortunately, I’m not playing [in the World Cup] either,” Wright announced in an interview with the Weekly Dartscast.
“I can understand Gary when he says why he doesn’t travel, getting on a plane, and stuff like that.
“I thought about it a long time, and it’s another reason why I’ve pulled out of the two Europeans [events in Germany] coming up.
“It’s not because of people not doing their jobs properly, but there’s a few idiots breaking the rules and you could pick it [the virus] up.
“Poor Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting missing out [on the World Grand Prix after positive Covid-19 tests]. I think they probably caught that when we were in Germany.
“It’s unfortunate, but I’ve won the World Cup with Gary. I’ve achieved my dream of winning it for Scotland, but I won’t be playing in another World Cup.”
Anderson was already reluctant to flying even before cases began to rise once again across the continent, having recently withdrawn from both the Autumn Series and World Series of Darts Finals in Germany.
Scotland will now be unseeded at the World Cup of Darts for the first time in the tournament’s history, with John Henderson set to make his debut in his country’s blue and white.
Former World Grand Prix champion Robert Thornton will line-up alongside the Huntly-based ace, making his World Cup return after a four-year absence.
The tenth staging of the unique World Cup of Darts will take place from November 6-8 at the Premstattner Halle in Graz, Austria.
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