World Darts Championship: Vincent van der Voort forced to withdraw after testing positive for Covid-19 | Darts News

Three-time semifinalist James Wade gets access to the fourth round, where either Joe Cullen or Martijn Kleermaker will play

Last updated: 27/12/21 15:39


Van der Voort would have had to face fourth-seeded Wade for a place in the last 16

Vincent van der Voort was forced to retire from the World Darts Championship after testing positive at Covid-19 ahead of his third-round clash against James Wade.

‘The Dutch Destroyer’ recorded a two-set win over Adam Hunt in his debut race on 21 December, and was expected to face ‘The Machine’ for a place in the round of 16 on Monday night’s curtain opening.

However, Van der Voort, who stayed in the UK for Christmas, has since tested positive and world number 4 Wade consequently receives a bye into the round of 16, where either Joe Cullen or Martijn Kleermaker will play.

Van der Voort becomes the second player to test positive at Covi at this year’s tournament after his compatriot Raymond van Barneveld, who was beaten by 2018 champion Rob Cross in the second round.

Van Barneveld confirmed that he had no symptoms during his confrontation with Cross, but began to feel unwell shortly after and returned a positive test on Christmas Eve.

Spaniard Juan Francisco Rodriguez was also denied his debut at Alexandra Palace after contracting Covid before this year’s flagship.

Monday’s evening session will continue with two games as world champion Gerwyn Price continues his title defense against Kim Huybrechts, before eighth-seeded Jonny Clayton take on Germany’s Gabriel Clemens.

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