Martijn Kleermaker ruled out of the World Darts Championship

Martijn Kleermaker has been withdrawn from the World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19.

Dutch ace Kleermaker had been set to make his William Hill World Championship debut on Sunday December 20 against Cameron Carolissen.

However, the 29-year-old has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been withdrawn from the event as per PDC protocols.

Kleermaker said: “I am very disappointed that I won’t be able to take part in the World Championship.

“My health is my main priority and currently I am not displaying any symptoms, but I would ask everyone to respect my privacy at this difficult time.

“Thank you for your support and understanding.”

As confirmed prior to the PDPA Tour Card Holder Qualifier, Josh Payne – the highest ranked player of the six final round losers at the qualifier – was the first reserve.

Although Payne has received a negative Covid test, he has been in close contact with someone in the last 24 hours who has returned a positive test and must therefore self-isolate in accordance with UK government protocols.

With no further opportunity to replace Kleermaker before tonight’s scheduled tie, Carolissen now receives a first round bye, with Sunday’s evening session to feature just three matches.

All other players and officials tested so far have received negative results.


William Hill World Darts Championship – Revised Schedule

Sunday December 20

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Derk Telnekes v Nick Kenny (R1)
Jason Lowe v Dmitriy Gorbunov (R1)
Maik Kuivenhoven v Matthew Edgar (R1)
Vincent van der Voort v Ron Meulenkamp (R2)

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

2x First Round, 2x Second Round

Cameron Carolissen – Bye (R1)
Keegan Brown v Ryan Meikle (R1)
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Ryan Searle (R2)
Jonny Clayton v John Henderson (R2)