The Darts World Cup starts on Tuesday at Alexandra Palace. But this year everything is a bit different. Chillreport answers the most important questions for the tournament in London.
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Game on. On Tuesday it’s that time again and the arrows hit the target in the venerable “Ally Pally” in London. But the corona pandemic will not make it a tournament like any other.
A maximum of 1,000 spectators are allowed per session, chants and chants are prohibited. Is the other fun event going to be a squeamish sporting event?
“Few sports thrive on fans as much as darts. It is part of the choreography of the event, which was purposely designed,” estimates longtime Sport1 presenter Sascha Bandermann, who always reported for the station from London, on t -online the tournament this year.
Sascha Bandermann: The sports presenter was always in London as a Sport1 presenter. (Source: Horst Galuschka / Image Images)
However, he is not concerned that the event will generate less interest. “I believe the World Cup will work in a slimmed-down version and without disguise, because people are interested in the 1v1 duel,” said Bandermann.
“The World Cup and Ally Pally herself evoke certain images. The fact that the German fans are not allowed to come is of course bitter because they always made up 25 percent of the audience.” In general, the sport of darts sets standards in times of pandemics. “I never thought that without an observer it would still be so emotional and emotional.”
So it starts on Tuesday December 15th. Chillreport answers the most important questions you need to know before the tournament.
How are you?
The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) World Championship kicks off Tuesday at the Alexandra Palace in London. The winner will receive £ 500,000 (approximately £ 546,000) and the coveted Sid Waddell Trophy. Just like last year, a total of £ 2.5 million in prize money will be distributed. 96 players compete for the title. The final of the 28th edition will take place on January 3, 2021.
What will the corona crisis change?
Although there are a maximum of 1000 viewers per session, not much remains of the familiar atmosphere at Ally Pally. Unusual disguises are prohibited, as are football-style chants and chants. Food and drinks are ordered via the smartphone app and served directly at the tables of four, and alcohol consumption is also permitted. In addition to eating and drinking, wearing a protective mask is always mandatory.
Who is the favorite?
Actually the triple world champion Michael van Gerwen. But the Dutch dominator showed unusual weaknesses this year and the competition is fiercer than ever: above all, there would be former Welsh rugby pro Gerwyn Price or last year’s winner Peter Wright, who has become a fan favorite with his colorful mohawk haircut. and flashy outfits. But World Champion Match Play Dimitri Van den Bergh (Belgium) and Portuguese Grand Slam winner Jose de Sousa also played their way into the spotlight.
What about the Germans?
For years Max Hopp was the German figurehead, now Gabriel Clemens has caught up with him. “The German Giant” from Saarland is growing steadily, is already number 31 in the world and the great German hope in London. In total there are three Germans at the start, in addition to Clemens, Hopp and Nico Kurz. In the second round, a German duel could arise between Clemens and Kurz. So far, no German player has made it to the round of 16.
Will the World Cup surprise Fallon Sherrock return?
The “queen of the palace” could not qualify. Last year, the only Milton Keynes hairdresser was the first woman to beat a man at the PDC World Cup, captivating the darts world. In Lisa Ashton and Deta Hedman, the possible successors are already ready. For “The Dark Destroyer” Hedman, it is a late stroke of luck: at the age of 61 she took part in the Ally Pally for the first time.
Where can you see the tournament?
The TV broadcaster Sport1 reports live 130 hours of the World Cup on free-to-air television, plus there are additional countdown and analysis programs. In addition, all sessions are streamed for free on YouTube and Facebook. The paid streaming service DAZN shows all sessions live. But: with the free trial month you can even watch the World Cup there completely for free.