Just over a month since tendering his resignation as chairman, Des Jacklin has remarkably been voted back onto the BDO Board of Directors.
Jacklin announced his resignation with immediate effect on March 17, having presided over arguably the most turbulent period within the British Darts Organisation’s history.
Nevertheless, reports circulated on social media on Sunday evening suggesting that Jacklin was set to return to the BDO board after being voted back in by 66% of the counties.
It is believed that Jacklin initially declined the invitation, although he subsequently reversed that decision and will now return to the BDO fold just a matter of weeks since his departure as chairman.
It’s been an extremely difficult period for the organisation, particularly over the last 12 months, where they racked up an astonishing financial loss of £468,000. That was exacerbated by their two flagship events descending into complete chaos.
During last year’s World Masters, it was reported that fake names were entered into the draw which prompted a re-draw of qualifiers, and there was a paltry crowd in attendance at the Circus Tavern.
This controversy saw the World Darts Federation (WDF) – the sport’s governing body – confirm that they would no longer be recognising BDO operated tournaments, whilst the BDO’s esteemed team of officials also resigned collectively.
January’s BDO World Championship was moved from Lakeside for the first time in over 30 years – with the Indigo at the O2 hosting the organisation’s flagship competition, but it was overshadowed by dwindling attendances, poor production and uncertainty surrounding the prize fund.
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.
This saw a record number of BDO players in attendance at PDC Qualifying School in January, with Scott Waites, Lisa Ashton, Andy Hamilton, Wesley Harms, Nick Kenny and Martijn Kleermaker among those who successfully sealed their place on the PDC circuit.
In a letter released just weeks after the conclusion of the BDO World Championship, Jacklin insisted the future remained bright for the organisation and was bullish about prospective talks with media companies and potential sponsors.
However, just weeks later Jacklin announced his resignation in a brief press release posted on the BDO’s official website, which was followed by an extraordinary Facebook statement where he appeared to absolve himself of any culpability for the organisation’s woes.