Olly Croft has been voted off the board of the British Darts Organisation after 38 years at the top of the organisation.
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Croft was the original founder of the BDO in 1973 and has witnessed many changes to the sport over almost four decades at the helm.
The 81 year-old notably caused controversy when he refused the PDC's £1 million offer to unify the sport in 2009.
BDO Lakeside winner Martin Adams has been elected onto the new board, with only one member retaining their place.
The decision comes after differing views as to the future of the BDO, with only two events per year currently televised.
The news has provoked rumours of a potential fresh PDC takeover to unite both codes of the sport, however nothing has yet been confirmed.
The next BDO event is the New Zealand Open starting August 10.