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BDO Board assures the tour will continue despite “several setbacks”

Jamie Shaw in BDO Darts News 04 Feb 2020
The final curtain is set to come down on the BDO

The BDO Board of Directors has assured its members that the circuit will continue despite “several setbacks” in recent months.

Speculation had mounted over the BDO’s short-term future after a turbulent 2019 which saw prize money and attendances plummet, officials resign and the World Masters descend into chaos.

The WDF, the sport’s official governing body, also announced in December that it will no longer recognise BDO operated tournaments.

The most recent BDO crisis surrounded World Championship prize money, which was slashed by almost 60 per cent for the men’s tournament and ten per cent for the ladies event.

Last month, PDC Chairman Barry Hearn called for the BDO board to “resign en bloc immediately” following its “disgraceful” treatment of players.

It is understood players are still yet to receive their World Championship prize money, leading to more uncertainty around other upcoming competitions.

However, a letter addressed to players and members on Monday attempted to clarify the situation, confirming the World Trophy, World Masters and 2021 World Championship will go ahead, as well as the International Open.

It is also suggested that meetings are due to take place next week with a new social media company, while a PR company has already been brought on board in an effort to improve the organisation’s image and marketability.

A further suggestion reveals discussions are taking place regarding televising BICC (county) matches, while a new director will be appointed onto the board to replace Martyn Moore – who recently resigned.

Chairman Des Jacklin remains confident of securing sponsorship deals with ‘several interested parties’ in a move he hopes will generate much-needed revenue.