Ted Hankey has withdrawn from the 2022 World Seniors Darts Championship at The Circus Tavern. The two-time BDO World Champion…
Ted Hankey has withdrawn from the 2022 World Seniors Darts Championship at The Circus Tavern.
The two-time BDO World Champion was due to feature in the inaugural staging of the event from February 3-6 but has informed tournament organisers of his decision to withdraw.
The 53-year-old made his Lakeside debut in 1998 and went on to win the title in 2000 and 2009, joining the PDC from 2012-13 before competing in the WDF system.
Nicknamed ‘The Count’, Hankey twice reached the Grand Slam of Darts Quarter-Finals and was a three-time World Masters semi-finalist.
His replacement is set to be announced in due course.
The World Seniors Championship will incorporate a top prize of £30,000 and features 11 former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a further 11 invited players and two qualifiers – Kevin Burness and Richie Howson.
The field is headed by 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor, who was the first player to be confirmed back in April.
At 75, three-time World Champion John Lowe is set to be the oldest player in the line-up, ahead of 73-year-old Bob Anderson.
Wayne Warren, the 2020 BDO World Champion, will also be in action, alongside 1995 Lakeside Champion Richie Burnett.
Keith Deller, the 1983 World Champion, will also feature, having also won the League of Legends event back in 2009.
Ladies legend Trina Gulliver MBE will make her return to televised action, alongside 1997 BDO World Champion Les Wallace.
John Part is one of two former PDC World Champions in action, while three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams and 2001 Lakeside Champion John Walton also accepted their invitations.
Former PDC world finalists Kevin Painter and Peter Manley are among the wildcards, as well as crowd favourites Tony O’Shea and Terry Jenkins.
Multiple major winner Robert Thornton, who dropped off the PDC circuit at the end of last season, also features alongside former UK Open champion Roland Scholten and Singapore legend Paul Lim.
Two-time World Champion Dennis Priestley, two-time world finalist Bobby George and 2009 Women’s World Champion Francis Hoenselaar have each accepted ambassadorial roles.
All matches are to be shown live on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website in the UK. The draw will be confirmed in due course.