Michael van Gerwen out of World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 | Darts News

World Championship favorite Michael van Gerwen is out of this year’s tournament after testing positive at Covid-19; Chris Dobey will now receive a bye in the round of 16, where he will face Dave Chisnall or Luke Humphries for a place in the quarter-finals

Last updated: 28/12/21 17:41


World Championship favorite Michael van Gerwen tested positive for Covid-19

Michael van Gerwen was barred from the World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 before his match with Chris Dobey.

Van Gerwen was expected to play in the round of 32 against Dobey on Tuesday night, but his dreams of clinching his fourth world title at this year’s highlight have been curtailed.

The Dutch ace beat Chas Barstow in his first game on December 18 to stage a showdown against “Hollywood”, which now receives a bye for the last 16.

Dobey will face the winner of the match between last year’s semifinalist Dave Chisnall and UK Open runner-up Luke Humphries, who will play on Wednesday afternoon.

'Hollywood' Chris Dobey will receive a bye in the last 16

‘Hollywood’ Chris Dobey will receive a bye in the last 16

A PDC statement reads: “Michael Van Gerwen withdrew from the William Hill World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 prior to his match with Chris Dobey.

“Dobey will bid farewell to the second round and Tuesday night’s session will continue with two games.”

Van Gerwen’s departure comes just 24 hours after his compatriot Vincent van der Voort was forced to retire from the competition after testing positive for coronavirus ahead of his clash with James Wade.

Raymond van Barneveld tested positive for Coronavirus at the start of the tournament

Raymond van Barneveld tested positive for Coronavirus at the start of the tournament

Dutch legend Raymond van Barneveld was the first player of this year’s tournament to record a positive test, following a second-round defeat to 2018 champion Rob Cross.

Spaniard Juan Francisco Rodriguez also retired ahead of the tournament following a positive test.

Tuesday’s evening session will continue with two games, as Cross faces two-time major winner Daryl Gurney, before world number 2 Peter Wright plays Damon Heta.

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