As the rest of the sporting world continues to make plans to get back to some kind of normality, one sport has been carrying on as normal as possible - and did so during the most intense weeks of the pandemic. That sport is darts.
The lack of sport over the last couple of months has meant that punters have swapped their accumulators for starburst free spins uk no deposit games, however for darts fans, they have been able to keep up with the latest play thanks to an innovative concept.
Where darts trumps other sports is the fact that to compete against someone, you don’t necessarily need to be in the same room or place as them. This would mean upholding the social distancing rules as well as providing some kind of entertainment. For the sport of darts, this continuation has been key. Riding on the crest of a new-found enthusiasm for the game before the pandemic hit, keeping the ball rolling is just as important.
One icon that has burst onto the darts world is Fallon Sherrock, who became the first woman to beat a man at the 2020 PDC World Championship, making history in the process. She, like many other darts players, signed up to an online tournament named the MODUS Icons of Darts which was set up in April which streams live for nine hours a day.
That has not been the only tournament which the darts scene has been involved in, however. Englishman Nathan Aspinall recently secured the PDC Home Tour title, beating Eales’ Jonny Clayton in the final. The competition featured over 100 PDC tour card holders filmed at home on their mobile phones as Aspinall wrote his name on a plate and held it above his head before diving into his hot tub. If nothing else, it’s been a pleasure to witness some of the sport’s greats fully buy into the idea of a home tournament.
The PDC is planning to host the World Matchplay in Blackpool in July, though the governing body has not made a decision yet as to whether fans will be present or not. The whole parade of darts tends to focus on the walkout of the stars as well as the atmosphere within the arena, so it will be interesting to see how it would affect the players if spectators were not allowed in.
Whilst throwing darts in the comfort of their own home is a much different experience than at the oche in front of thousands of people, it is the only way that the sport could have been played in recent months. And, with darts unique in the respect that players don’t actually have to mix with anyone to play the game, the sport has continued to thrive.