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The Darts World Championship has faced fresh calls to be postponed after Dave Chisnall became the latest star to withdraw due to COVID-19. The Professional Darts Corporation has confirmed that Chisnall’s championship is over after returning a positive test.
The 41-year-old follows Michael van Gerwen in having his tournament ended prematurely due to the virus.
Van Gerwen confirmed his withdrawal on Tuesday saying he was ‘disappointed, confused and angry’.
He tweeted: “Really disappointed, confused, angry… the way how my world championship is ending.
“Never expected this outcome as I thought I did everything in my possibility to avoid it (coronavirus). Also ain’t got any symptoms.
“Closing this year [off] really quickly. Fans I’ll be back stronger!”
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Van Gerwen went on to slam tournament organisers. “They actually have to check everyone at the door every day, they didn’t do that,” he added.
“According to the British Government, this is not necessary, but to protect your own organisation and the World Championship, that would have been useful.
“The PDC will at all times say that they have followed the rules of the Government, but they could have been looked at more closely.
“The control has not been strong enough. It is just a big corona bomb now. It is as leaky as a basket, now I pay a high price. I haven’t done anything at all, that makes it extra sour.”
A further withdrawal by Chisnall has prompted further calls for the tournament to be postponed.
World No 1 Gerwyn Price wants the remainder of the competition pushed back and insisted he feels ‘sick’ for the players having to step away from the event.
“Now this tournament is devalued. I’d rather play the best to be the best, absolutely feel sick for these players having to pull out over Covid,” he wrote on Instagram.
In a second message, he wrote: “Tournament needs to be postponed.”
The PDC confirmed Chisnall’s withdrawal at midday on Wednesday.
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A statement read: “Dave Chisnall has withdrawn from the William Hill World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of his match with Luke Humphries.
“Humphries will receive a bye to the last 16 and Wednesday afternoon’s session will continue with two matches.
“Jose de Sousa will play Alan Soutar, and Nathan Aspinall then plays Callan Rydz.”
There are currently not thought to be any plans to postpone the tournament.
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