Gerwyn Price has called for the postponement of the World Darts Championship, despite entering the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Dave Chisnall became the last player to withdraw from the tournament on Wednesday after testing positive for Covid-19, following Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort out of the competition.
Price responded with an Instagram post that read: “The tournament must be postponed”, and later added: “I have been in their shoes, so I feel for the players who had to withdraw, there is a lot hard work. organizing events like the world championships so postponing is probably not the best option, but one option that I wouldn’t disagree with, it’s time to protect myself and stay out of touch … keep everyone safe ”.
Price beat Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-1 in the evening session, finishing with an average of 96.66 and six 180 to advance to the quarter-finals, winning 12 games in a row after losing the first set.
But in another blow to the integrity of the tournament, Chisnall, who was due to face Luke Humphries in the Round of 16 on Wednesday, had to step down, granting Humphries a goodbye.
A statement from the PDC read: “Dave Chisnall withdrew from the William Hill World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of his match with Luke Humphries. Humphries will receive a final 16 pass and Wednesday afternoon’s session will continue with two games. Jose de Sousa will play Alan Soutar, and Nathan Aspinall will then play Callan Rydz.
Three-time world champion Van Gerwen, after stepping down, said on Tuesday he was “bitter” to have to step down and called on the PDC to do more. “In fact, they have to check everyone at the door every day – they didn’t,” he said. “According to the UK government this is not necessary, but to protect your own organization and the World Championship it would have been helpful.
“The PDC will say at any time that it followed the government’s rules, but they could have been looked at more closely. The control was not strong enough. It’s just a big corona bomb now.
“It flees like a basket. Now I am paying a high price. I didn’t do anything at all – that makes it even crisper.
Alan Soutar finished with five 180s in the afternoon session in his 4-3 win over Jose de Sousa. In the only other match of this session, Callan Rydz secured his place in the next round by beating Nathan Aspinall 4-0.
In the first game of the evening, two-time champion Gary Anderson came back from 3-0 to beat Ian White 4-3, and in the final match, Michael Smith emerged victorious from a close encounter with Jonny Clayton, winning the tie. -break. 6-4 in the deciding set. Smith finished with an average of 102 and pitched 14,180 to advance to the quarter-finals, while Clayton also had 11,180.