Wayne Warren achieved his darting destiny at last year’s BDO World Championship, but since then it’s been a year to forget for the Welshman, who has criticised the ‘disgusting treatment’ inflicted by the BDO hierarchy.
Warren received just £23,000 for his triumph 12 months ago, despite Glen Durrant scooping a whopping £100,000 for his third consecutive title in 2019. As a result, ‘The Yank’ insists the coveted trophy won’t be going anywhere unless he’s compensated in full.
The 58-year-old created darting history at the Indigo at the O2 in 2020, defeating his compatriot Jim Williams to become the oldest first-time world champion in either code. However, his delight was cut short following controversy surrounding the vastly reduced prize fund.
Warren should have been preparing to begin his title defence this weekend, although the event was cancelled for the first time since it’s inception in 1978, due to the organisation entering liquidation earlier this year.
It’s been an extremely frustrating period for the Welshman, who was also denied the opportunity to parade his title on the lucrative exhibition circuit due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Reflecting on his turbulent reign as world champion, Warren offered a candid assessment on the BDO’s collapse. “I feel massively let down by what happened. I should have won £100,000 from the BDO”, Warren told The Sun.
“I could have generated more money from exhibitions. It would have been life-changing for me at my age in this sport. The way I have been treated by the BDO is an absolute disgrace.
“I can tell you where the trophy is, it’s sitting on my living room table at home. It won’t be moved from there until I get my money. That cup is going nowhere, let me tell you that.
“I had looked forward to the rest of 2020 but it has been a killer. It was strange. I feel sorry for the amateur side of the sport with what has happened with the BDO darts.”
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