Darts' World Series postpones 2020 Oceania leg by 12 months
The Oceania leg of the 2020 World Series of Darts has been postponed for 12 months because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Events in Hamilton, New Zealand, and Wollongong and Townsville in Australia, have all now been postponed from August this year to August 2021.
The World Series, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation, one of the sport’s two governing bodies, had been planning a triple-header across the two countries.
Matthew Porter, chief executive of the PDC, said: “We felt that this was the most appropriate step for our Oceanic events given the current global situation.
“To agree dates to stage the events in 2021 will now enable fans to plan with a greater degree of certainty for what should be three fantastic World Series events.”
Tickets for the three events will remain valid for their 2021 equivalents.
The decision was also taken recently to move the US Darts Masters in New York, which would have taken place in July this year, back 12 months to the summer of 2021.
Meanwhile, PDC chairman Barry Hearn, the head of Matchroom Sport, is said to be in good spirits, despite having a heart attack over the weekend.
Eddie Hearn, his son (and the well-known boxing promoter), said: “My dad… is up and well and returns home today in good spirits.”
The older Hearn founded Matchroom Sport in the early 1980s.