The British Darts Organisation released a stunning statement on Wednesday evening as new BDO chairman/CEO Des Jacklin came to a decision to remove the restrictions placed on PDC players.
These changes will also demonstrate that players will no longer face any penalties relating to entry and participation at the PDC Q-School.
RULE 4.00 WILL NOW READ AS FOLLOWS
4.00 ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN QUALIFYING EVENTS
4.01 Conditions of participation in Qualifying Events
In order to participate in a Qualifying Event, a player;
a. Must be a member of the BDO or another member darts body of the World Darts Federation a list of which may be found at: Full and Associate Member BDO Darts Bodies
b. Must not be serving a period of ineligibility imposed by the BDO, the World Darts Federation or any member darts body of the World Darts Federation.
One of the players benefiting the most from the u-turn by the BDO has to Glen Durrant, who can finally acheive his dream by having a crack at PDC Qualifying School in January without having to go through any restrictions that were in place over the past few years.
This decision will also serve to ensure that any women looking to enter the upcoming qualifiers into the Ladies Play Offs in the PDC World Championship will be free to participate without affecting their position within the BDO system and would take with them the BDO’s best wishes for success.
Mr Jacklin feels that this is now ‘the right time’ to implement these changes, putting further emphasis on the BDO’s ‘Darts For All’ ethos.
The new rule change will be applied equally across the Men’s and Ladies game and will come into effect on 1st October 2018.
We talk to the 2018 BDO World Trophy winner . . . Glen Durrant
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