The World Cup of Darts has a new venue and a new date after the PDC confirmed that this year’s competition will be held in Graz, Austria, in November.
The World Cup was originally due to take place in Hamburg in June, although it became one of several events postponed as the PDC were forced to cancel all tournaments until the end of June, due to the strict social distancing measures enforced across Europe.
However, as some governments begin talks to ease aspects of the lockdown, there is growing optimism about the prospect of live sport returning and as a result, the World Cup of Darts will move to the Premstättner Halle in Graz on November 6.
The tournament will conclude on November 8 with double sessions across all three days and it will replace the planned dates for the 2020 Austrian Darts Open, with tickets purchased for the original dates of the European Tour event remaining valid for the equivalent World Cup sessions.
This announcement marks the end of an era for Germany, who have hosted the unique pairs competition since 2012. The World Cup’s inaugural staging in 2010 took place in Sunderland, but since 2012 either Hamburg or Frankfurt has been the venue of choice.
Max Hopp and Martin Schindler have carried home hopes over recent years and the young duo made back-to-back quarter-finals in 2017 and 2018, although now Mensur Suljovic will spearhead Austria’s assault for glory on home soil, potentially alongside Zoran Lerchbacher.
The Scottish pairing of Peter Wright and Gary Anderson secured a maiden triumph in 2019 with victory over Republic of Ireland’s William O’Connor and Steve Lennon. England and Netherlands remain the most successful countries in World Cup history however, with four titles apiece.
The last competitive PDC event took place in mid-March, although over 100 Tour Card Holders have featured in the inaugural Home Tour, which is now down to the last 32 stage.
The World Cup announcement also comes just weeks after the PDC confirmed that they will make a decision on July’s World Matchplay by June 5, with the Premier League set to resume on July 30 in Birmingham. However, both events would almost certainly have to be held behind closed doors.
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