BDO Chairman Des Jacklin vows to address Women’s World Championship prize money

Jamie Shaw in BDO Darts News 15 Jan 2019
A general view of the Lakeside stage (credit:live-darts.com)

BDO Chairman Des Jacklin has vowed to tackle the issue of women's prize money in the Lakeside World Championship and assess the format of the competition.

Jacklin has implemented a number of ground-breaking changes since taking the helm last summer, including the removal of restrictions on BDO players entering PDC Qualifying School, as well as permitting BDO players to enter the women's qualifier for the PDC World Championship.

Jacklin also secured a three-year with Eurosport and Quest covering the World Trophy, World Masters and Lakeside World Championship, ending the uncertainty surrounding their short-term future.

After overseeing his first Lakeside World Championship, Jacklin has now addressed the longstanding issue of prize money in the women's tournament, which stands at just £29,000 in comparison to the £300,000 on offer in the men's event.

The Women's World Championship, which was first staged at Lakeside in 2001, also features a shorter format, with also matches up to and including the Semi-Finals contested over the best of three sets, and the final best of five sets.

In an open letter, Jacklin wrote:

'I have thoroughly enjoyed the ups and downs of the entire tournament and feel that the positives far outweigh the negatives.

'I can assure you all that all negatives will be addressed, in particular the ladies prize monies and their current playing format.

'I had a great a team behind me this year and that was evident immediately with social media going into overdrive from day one. 

'At this point I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who played their part in making our flagship event a runaway success, ‘thank guys’.

'And so back to the job a hand; already I am in several meetings over the next 3 weeks as we need to finalise the future venue contracts for our upcoming televised events. 

'Stay tuned folks because February is going to be one of the most important months of the year and the decisions we make will hopefully put us back into the commanding position we were in 20 years ago and should impress the most cynical of critics!'


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