World Darts Championship: Raymond van Barneveld tests positive for Covid-19 following Alexandra Palace exit | Darts News

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Van Barneveld was beaten 3-1 by 2018 champion Cross in a thrilling second round match at Alexandra Palace on Thursday; the five-time world champion revealed the news of his positive test on social media on Friday evening

Last updated: 24/12/21 23:11


Van Barneveld will now quarantine in London before returning to Holland

Raymond van Barneveld tested positive at Covid-19, just hours after his exit from the World Darts Championship.

The five-time world champion was beaten 3-1 by 2018 winner Rob Cross in a gripping second round at Alexandra Palace on Thursday night.

Van Barneveld, competing in his first world championship since retirement, had overtaken Lourence Ilagan in the first round, recording her first win in the sport’s flagship event since 2017.

The Dutch veteran made a strong start to clinch the opening set against Cross, only for ‘Voltage’ who won nine of the next 12 stages to close the win.

Raymond van Barneveld produced a staggering 170 milestone during his clash with Rob Cross at the World Championship

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Raymond van Barneveld produced a staggering 170 milestone during his clash with Rob Cross at the World Championship

Raymond van Barneveld produced a staggering 170 milestone during his clash with Rob Cross at the World Championship

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Van Barneveld confirmed he had no symptoms during his confrontation with Cross, but claims he began to feel unwell after the match.

The 54-year-old – protagonist of his 29th World Championship – was supposed to return home to the Netherlands, but will now remain in London to undergo a period of self-isolation.

On Friday night he informed fans of the news in a social media post.

“Dear fans, unfortunately I have to announce that I tested positive for COVID19.

“During the match I had no symptoms, but then I started to realize that I was developing shortness of breath and fever.

“I called my manager Ben de Kok directly and he advised me to go directly to my hotel room and not to give interviews to avoid any risk.

“At the moment I suffer from fever and severe fatigue. I will be quarantined in London for the next few days.

“We have already talked to Rob Cross and the PDC about the current situation. Stay safe.”

Rob Cross recovered from a slow start to defeat Van Barneveld on a thrilling Thursday night in the capital

Rob Cross recovered from a slow start to defeat Van Barneveld on a thrilling Thursday night in the capital

The 11th seeded cross at this year’s World Championship is expected to face two-time major winner Daryl Gurney in the third round on Tuesday 28 December.

Spaniard Juan Francisco Rodriguez was forced to retire before the tournament after recording a positive test for Covid-19, while Dutchman Martijn Kleermaker was excluded from last year’s event after testing positive too.

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