Former World Championship semi-finalist Co Stompe has controversially called for an alcohol ban to be implemented in darts after insisting that drinking before games is a form of doping. Stompe, who now works as an analyst for major Dutch broadcaster RTL7 Darts, made these comments in a recent interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
Whilst the sport of darts has been transformed with the help of Barry Hearn and Matchroom Sport, world champion Gary Anderson stated last week. “I am just a pub player. We always claim it is a working class game. We are normal boys you meet down at your pub and fortunately for us, we are involved in a great sport and it takes us all over the planet.”
Nevertheless, Stompe adopts a different theory on alcohol within darts.”It’s just doping; we cannot deny that. You become calmer and you keep your nerves under control when you have a drink. I myself drank. But when I once drank no alcohol as a test, I was shaking like a leaf. You’re usually still in a certain intoxication. I struggled to keep my concentration and focus. “
“If you look at honesty, you have to eliminate alcohol. I would like to see them try a tournament without alcohol for the top 16 players. For each game purchase a breathalyzer and during the break they cannot leave the stage. I would like to see what the level is. The first time I expect a big difference. But that of course will never happen. It will remain an eternal debate. “ Continue reading “Stompe: Alcohol should be banned in Darts. It’s just doping!”