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Wayne Warren insists he will not return BDO World Championship trophy

Jamie Shaw in BDO World Championship 30 Jun 2020
Welsh ace Warren kisses the iconic trophy (Photo by Chris Radburn/PA Images)

Reigning BDO World Champion Wayne Warren is adamant he will not hand back the World Championship trophy as the BDO’s commercial arm prepares to enter liquidation.

Warren, 58, became BDO World Champion for the first time at London’s Indigo at The O2 in January and picked up the lowest winner’s cheque in over 30 years.

The Welshman received just £23,000 for his efforts, a £77,000 reduction on the first prize won by Glen Durrant 12 months earlier.

Warren previously described his World Championship win as “a nightmare not a dream” and has been openly critical of BDO Chairman Des Jacklin.

Last month, it was revealed the BDO’s commercial branch – British Darts Organisation Enterprises Ltd – had announced its intention to file for liquidation.

That liquidation is now imminent, effectively marking the end of a 40-year era and brings the curtain down on historic tournaments such as the World Masters and World Championship.

It is unclear as to the fate of the prestigious trophies, and Warren has vowed to hold on to his silverware until he receives the money he feels he is owed.

He wrote on Facebook: ‘Until I get what’s owed to me, that trophy won’t be going nowhere I can assure you of that.’

Another comment from the wife of reigning World Masters champion John O’Shea read: ‘John will be keeping the World Masters Trophy along with you.’

Earlier this month, a new amateur darts organisation ‘MAD’ was announced, headed by Junior Darts Corporation Chairman Steve Brown and endorsed by the likes of Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld.

Set to launch in 2021, MAD will be open to all non-professional players and is set to host its own World Championship and other major events, becoming a natural replacement for the BDO.