The PDC have announced that the European Tour events scheduled for Leverkusen and Munich in the coming weeks have been postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
The European Darts Open was due to take place in Leverkusen from March 27-29, with Munich’s German Darts Grand Prix set to be held a fortnight later, but following a decision by the federal governments in North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria, neither tournament will go ahead as planned.
The second European Tour event of 2020 is due to be held in Sindelfingen from March 20-22 and whilst the event is yet to be postponed, the PDC are reported to be in constant dialogue with local authorities surrounding the epidemic.
Nevertheless, The PDC confirmed that they are working with PDC Europe with the intention of scheduling new dates for the events, with the possibility that other planned tournaments may move in the calendar to accommodate the rescheduled European Tour events.
The World Health Organisation have labelled the Coronavirus epidemic as ‘unique’, admitting that they’ve never seen a virus that could transfer so easily between individuals, and it’s had a significant impact throughout the sporting world.
Football, Rugby, Golf and Formula One are among the sports to be affected and Italy has been particularly badly hit, with the government suspending all sport in the country until at least April 3 – with 631 deaths and 10,149 cases reported within the country.
The outbreak is also having a growing impact on the football calendar, with several high-profile Champions League and Europa League games set to be played behind closed doors over the coming weeks, whilst various sporting events in Japan and France have also been cancelled.
In the darting world, The PDC Asian Tour has been suspended until May with the possibility for further re-scheduling should the virus still pose a threat, whilst the Super Darts soft-tip event – a tournament 16-time world champion Phil Taylor was due to participate in, has also been put on hold.
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