Van Gerwen hits out at 'corona bomb' World Darts Championship after withdrawal

Michael van Gerwen has blasted the PDC over their Covid controls after being forced to withdraw from the World Darts Championship due to a positive test for the virus.

The 32-year-old withdrew from the event on Tuesday after testing positive for Covid, meaning Chris Dobey was given a bye through to the last 16.

The three-time world champion tweeted that he was ‘confused and angry’ about the situation and went on to criticise the PDC for not enforcing stricter measures to limit the spread of Covid.

The Dutchman insists that he and his good friend Vincent van der Voort – who also had to withdraw after a positive test – did all they could to stay safe, but that the tournament organisers could have done more.

‘Of course our health is the most important thing, but you are here to win the tournament,’ Van Gerwen told AD Sportwereld.

‘I never saw this coming. Vincent and I have been almost nowhere. We didn’t even go to the breakfast room (at the hotel), because we thought it was too busy there.

‘We get to sit here together now, but we had imagined this very differently. Again, this is really the biggest nightmare.

‘I test myself here every day. I don’t know where I got it. Yet we are the loser.

‘They actually have to check everyone at the door every day, they didn’t do that. According to the British Government this is not necessary, but to protect your own organisation and the World Championship, that would have been useful.

‘The PDC will at all times say that they have followed the rules of the Government, but they could have been looked at more closely.

‘The control has not been strong enough. It is just a big corona bomb now.

‘It is as leaky as a basket, now I pay a high price. I haven’t done anything at all, that makes it extra sour.’

The PDC responded to the complaints with a statement to to PA which read: ‘We hope both Vincent and Michael remain in good health and share their disappointment that they were unable to continue in the tournament.

‘We won’t comment on individual players’ circumstances and we continue to follow approved protocols at the William Hill World Darts Championship, which includes testing for all players involved in the event.’

The World Championship continues on Wednesday as the third round comes to an end and the fourth round begins.

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