Des Jacklin has seized the BDO World Championship trophy from Mikuru Suzuki prior to her opening match in the WDF…
Des Jacklin has seized the BDO World Championship trophy from Mikuru Suzuki prior to her opening match in the WDF World Championship at Lakeside on Sunday evening.
The controversial former BDO Chairman was handed the trophy by reigning Women’s Champion Suzuki just hours before she was due on stage for her First Round tie against Laura Turner.
Jacklin had been present at the Lakeside Country Club on each of the first two days of the inaugural WDF World Championship, with his wife Paula having been knocked out of the competition on Saturday.
He left the venue with the Women’s BDO trophy in his grasp on Sunday night after reaching an agreement with Suzuki’s management team.
A WDF statement read: “The police were not involved. Des Jacklin requested the trophy for the BDO and an agreement was made between Suzuki’s management team and Des Jacklin and the trophy was handed to Des. No one else was involved.”
Suzuki came through her opening match against Laura Turner in straight sets despite an average of just 74 and will now face fourth seed Aileen de Graaf in the Second Round.
The Jacklins took to Facebook to post the following:
The latest development comes after 2020 Men’s BDO World Champion Wayne Warren, who received just £23,000 in prize money, had his trophy seized by Jacklin during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Ireland’s John O’Shea was also threatened with legal action over the return of the World Masters Trophy he won in 2019.
BDO Enterprises Ltd went into liquidation in September 2020 after a disastrous final World Championship at the Indigo O2 earlier that year which saw minimal ticket sales and a significantly reduced prize fund.
The organisation racked up a staggering £468,000 loss during their last financial year and the county system was subsequently taken over by the United Kingdom Darts Association.
The WDF World Championship marks the sport’s televised return to Lakeside for the first time since 2019, with the men’s event incorporating a prize fund of £200,000 (£50,000 to the winner) and the women’s event featuring a total prize fund of £87,500, with a £25,000 winner’s cheque.
The WDF is set to unveil new trophies for both the men’s and women’s competitions later in the week.