Des Jacklin has announced that he has resigned as BDO Chairman with immediate effect.
Jacklin was elected as chairman of the British Darts Organisation in August 2018, although he presided over arguably the most tumultuous period within the organisation’s history.
January’s BDO World Championship was moved from the iconic Lakeside Country Club for the first time in over 30 years in 2020 – with the Indigo at the O2 hosting the organisation’s flagship competition, but it was an event marred in controversy.
This year’s winner Wayne Warren received just £23,000 for his triumph – the lowest sum for a World Championship winner in 30 years and a 77% decrease from 2019. The women’s prize pot was also cut, despite Jacklin previously insisting that their prize fund would be doubled in 2020.
There was also no shortage of controversy during last year’s World Masters – one of the most prestigious events on the darting calendar. Fake names were entered in the draw and a subsequent re-draw took place, whilst confusion also reigned regarding the tournament’s format.
As a consequence, The World Darts Federation (WDF) – the sport’s governing body – announced in December that they would no longer be recognising BDO operated tournaments with immediate effect, which saw the organisation downgraded to Associate Member Status.
This uncertainty prompted a record number of BDO players to compete at PDC Qualifying School in January, with Scott Waites, Lisa Ashton, Andy Hamilton, Wesley Harms, Nick Kenny and Martijn Kleermaker among those to successfully seal their place on the PDC circuit for the next two years.
Nevertheless, in a letter released just weeks ago, Jacklin insisted the future remained bright for the BDO, revealing that he was set to hold talks with several media companies and sponsors regarding the organisation’s long-term future.
However, in a media release posted on the BDO’s official website this afternoon, Jacklin admitted that he had been considering his position for a number of months, before confirming that he was stepping away with immediate effect.
“After many months of thoughts and deliberation I have made the decision to resign my position as BDO Director Chairman and CEO with immediate effect,” Jacklin said. “I wish all success to my successor and the BDO for the future.”
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