Dave Chisnall has been forced to pull out of the PDC World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19; This follows the withdrawals of Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort; Reigning champion Gerwyn Price says the “tournament needs to be postponed” on Instagram
Last Updated: 29/12/21 12:46pm
Dave Chisnall has become the third player to withdraw from the 2022 PDC World Championship due to a positive Covid-19 test.
‘Chizzy’, who reached last year’s semi-final, has been forced to pull out which means Luke Humphries has received a bye to the fourth round.
Dave Chisnall has withdrawn from the William Hill World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of his match with Luke Humphries.
Humphries will receive a bye to the last 16 and Wednesday afternoon’s session will continue with two matches.
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 29, 2021
This follows the withdrawals of Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort.
The volume of positive tests has caused a major reaction, with top seed and reigning champion Gerwyn Price writing the “tournament needs to be postponed” on Instagram.
‘The Iceman’, who could not compete in the 2021 Premier League after contracting Covid-19, continued: “Now this tournament is de valued (sic). I’d rather play the best to be the best, absolutely feel sick for these players having to pull out over Covid…”
Another huge blow to this World Championship. Dave Chisnall now out due to a positive Covid test.
— Wayne Mardle (@Wayne501Mardle) December 29, 2021
Humphries is through to the last 16, where he will face Chris Dobey, who also reached the fourth round thanks to a bye.
There will now only be two matches in Wednesday’s afternoon session. Jose De Sousa faces Alan Soutar, while Nathan Aspinall will be up against Callan Rydz.
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