Fallon Sherrock will replace three-time women’s world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova in next month’s inaugural WDF World Championship, following the IOC’s recommendation that no Russian players are permitted to participate in WDF events.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, four competitors have unfortunately been withdrawn from the 2022 World Championships field, replaced by the quartet of Sherrock, Jo Clements, John Scott and Landon Gardiner.
“This unfortunate situation has impacted players representing the Russian Darts Federation and it is with sincere regret that Anastasia Dobromyslova, Elena Shulgina, Aleksey Kadochnikov and Roman Obukhov are now unable to compete in the 2022 World Championships,” said WDF Chief Development Officer, Richard Ashdown.
“On behalf of the WDF, I would like to thank the RDF and the players affected for their understanding and the integrity shown during this time. Especially to Anastasia Dobromyslova, who as one of the greatest champions and most beloved personalities in the sport will be sorely missed at the Lakeside in April.”
Sherrock initially turned down an invitation for this year’s showpiece because it originally clashed with PDC Qualifying School, although with the tournament rescheduled to April 2-10, ‘The Queen of the Palace’ is reinstalled as the No 2 seed, as she eyes a first women’s World Championship crown.
Sherrock will play either two-time world finalist Rhian O’Sullivan or Paula Jacklin in her opener, while WDF World No.18 Clements faces Suzanne Smith, after replacing Elena Shulgina in the draw.
In the men’s draw, Aleksey Kadochnikov will be replaced by Scott, who will meet former PDC World Championship participant Johnny Haines in round one, with Leonard Gates advancing to round two as the 15th seed.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s Jim McEwan has been handed his third different opponent in the draw, and he’ll make his Lakeside debut against New Zealand’s Gardiner, who replaces Roman Obukhov.
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