Martijn Kleermaker has been withdrawn from the World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19.
However, the 29-year-old has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been withdrawn from the event as per PDC protocols.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.
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)
World Championships statement pic.twitter.com/pP2O2uo0D3
— Martijn Kleermaker (@DartsMartijn) December 20, 2020