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Raymond van Barneveld tests positive for Covid-19 following World Championship exit

Jamie Shaw in World Darts Championship 24 Dec 2021
Van Barneveld departs the Ally Pally stage (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Raymond van Barneveld has tested positive for Covid-19 following his exit from the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

The 54-year-old was beaten 3-1 by Rob Cross in the Second Round of the sport’s show-piece event on Thursday and has since returned a positive Covid test.

The five-time World Champion posted on social media on Friday evening:

‘Dear fans,

‘Unfortunately I have to announce that I tested positive on COVID19.

‘During the match I didn’t have any symptoms, but afterwards I started to realise that I was developing a shortness of breath and fever.

‘I directly called my manager Ben de Kok and he advised to go straight to my hotel room and to not give interviews in order to avoid any risk.

‘At the moment I do suffer from fever and serious tiredness.

‘The upcoming days I will stay in quarantine at London.

‘We already spoke with Rob Cross and the PDC about the current situation.’

Van Barneveld was due to fly home to the Netherlands but will now remain in London to undergo a period of self-isolation.

Cross, who recovered from a set down to win an epic encounter against the five-time World Champion, is due to face Daryl Gurney in the Third Round on the evening of Tuesday December 28.

Current UK guidance states you should also self-isolate straight away if:

  • You have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive
  • You have been told to self-isolate following contact with someone who tested positive

If you live with or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • You’re fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine
  • You’re under 18 years and 6 months old
  • You’re taking part or have taken part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • You’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Live Darts understands that all 96 players participating in this year’s World Championship are fully vaccinated, meaning Cross is likely to require to only require a negative test in order to proceed with his next match.

Spain’s Juan Rodriguez withdrew prior to the tournament following a positive test for COVID-19, while Martijn Kleermaker was ruled out of last year’s World Championship after also testing positive.

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