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“The control has not been strong enough” blasts Van Gerwen after World Championship withdrawal

Michael van Gerwen ruled out of the World Darts Championship with Covid

Jamie Shaw in World Darts Championship 28 Dec 2021
Van Gerwen is withdrawn from the World Championship (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen has been withdrawn from the 2021/22 World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19.

Van Gerwen was due to face Chris Dobey in the Third Round on Tuesday evening, but has returned a positive Covid test and is therefore out of the competition.

As a result, Dobey will receive a bye into the Last 16 – where he will face Dave Chisnall or Luke Humphries.

Van Gerwen had defeated Chas Barstow 3-1 in his opening contest on Saturday December 18.

The Dutchman, who remained in the UK over Christmas, has become the third player to test positive for Covid-19 during the tournament, with Raymond van Barneveld having tested positive following his Second Round defeat to Rob Cross last week and Vincent van der Voort being withdrawn from the tournament 24 hours ago.

Van Gerwen came into close contact with Van der Voort during the Christmas period.

The three-time World Champion tweeted:

Spain’s Juan Rodriguez withdrew prior to the tournament following a positive test.

Tuesday’s evening session at Alexandra Palace will now feature just two matches as Rob Cross plays Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright meets Damon Heta.

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