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The forthcoming PDC Development Tour events on March 21-22 and the Players Championship weekend on March 28-29 have been postponed.

Three Unibet Premier League nights and a trio of PDC European Tour events have already been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

With restrictions being implemented in the UK alongside further worldwide measures, the PDC has also opted to postpone the next two weekends of non-televised events.

This means that the year’s second Development Tour weekend, which was set to feature four tournaments over two days in Wigan, as well as the new Players Championship double-header in Milton Keynes have now been postponed.

The Players Championship weekend was initially added to the calendar to replace the European Darts Open – which has now been rescheduled for August 7-9.

PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter said: “The health and wellbeing of players, fans, officials and staff at events has been at the forefront of our thoughts over the past week during an unprecedented time for everyone worldwide.

“We issued precautionary measures around last week’s Premier League night in Liverpool and Players Championship events to keep everyone as safe as possible.

“However, following Monday’s announcements and further discussions with stakeholders including the PDPA and venues, we feel it is in the best interests of everyone involved in the sport to postpone the forthcoming Development Tour and Players Championship weekends during March.

“We had hoped to provide as many playing opportunities as possible for players in the coming weeks, and will work to rearrange these events during 2020.”

The next scheduled PDC event is the Premier League in Belfast on Thursday April 2, however it appears likely this will also be rescheduled as well as a series of subsequent events in April.