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WDF World Championship 2022

The inaugural WDF World Championship takes place at Lakeside from April 2-10.

The tournament marks the sport’s televised return to the Lakeside Country Club for the first time since 2019 – when the BDO hosted its penultimate World Championship before being liquidated the following year.

The men’s event will incorporate a prize fund of £200,000, with £50,000 on offer to the winner, while the women’s event features a total prize fund of £87,500, with a £25,000 top prize up for grabs.

The top 16 players are seeded through to the Second Round of the men’s draw, while the next highest 16 players from the WDF world rankings join a series of qualifiers in Round One.

The WDF World Championship had been scheduled for early January before being moved to early April, with seven original qualifiers subsequently securing a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School.

Following a meeting, the PDC’s Board of Directors agreed a one-off exception to permit these seven players to compete without penalty in the rearranged event.

The seven players were: Nick Fullwell, Cameron Menzies, Ross Montgomery, Brian Raman, Connor Scutt, Mario Vandenbogaerde and Jules van Dongen.

Of those players, Scotland’s Montgomery and Belgium’s Vandenbogaerde declined their invitations to participate.

They are replaced in the draw by the highest ranked players in the WDF regional tables that had not previously accepted the original invitation to compete.

Belgium’s Raman is the number one seed in the Men’s Draw, ahead of France’s Thibault Tricole and 2020 BDO World Champion Wayne Warren.

Three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams is the oldest player in the field at 65 and has been drawn to face 21-year-old Lakeside debutant Jarred Cole – a former PDC Development Tour event winner.

Luke Littler will make his senior Lakeside debut at the age of 14, while the likes of James Richardson, Richard Veenstra and Dave Parletti also feature.

Deta Hedman is the top seed in the Women’s Draw and is joined by two-time World Champion Mikuru Suzuki and emerging star Beau Greaves.