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Michael Van Gerwen is OUT of World Darts Championship after positive Covid test

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Michael Van Gerwen is OUT of the World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid after partying with Dutch players on Christmas Day … as Gerwyn Price rages, tournament has been ‘devalued’ by withdrawals

  • Michael Van Gerwen was due to face Chris Dobey on Tuesday night
  • The Dutchman was forced to step down after contracting coronavirus
  • He follows Vincent van der Voort out of competition amid outbreak
  • Defending champion Gerwyn Price says tournament has now been ‘devalued’











Michael Van Gerwen has withdrawn from the World Darts Championships due to Covid after the three-time winner spent Christmas with other Dutch players – leading defending champion Gerwyn Price to call the tournament “devalued”.

Dutchman Van Gerwen was due to face Chris Dobey in the third round of the competition on Tuesday night at Alexandra Palace.

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

Michael Van Gerwen was forced to quit World Darts Championship due to Covid

Chris Dobey was supposed to face the Dutchman on Tuesday, but gets a pass to the last 16

Chris Dobey was supposed to face the Dutchman on Tuesday, but gets a pass to the last 16

“Dobey will receive a final 16 pass and Tuesday night’s session will continue with two games.”

Van Gerwen becomes the third player sent off from the event following a positive coronavirus test, with Dutch compatriots Vincent Van Der Voort and Raymond Van Barneveld also withdrawing.

Gerwen and Van Der Voort spent Christmas Day together at their manager’s house, and PDC already feared the worst after the latter pulled out of their clash with Chris Wade on Monday.

Van Gerwen tweeted Tuesday night: “Really disappointed, confused, angry… the way my world championship is ending.

“I never expected this result because I thought I had done everything to avoid it. I don’t have any symptoms either.

“Close this year very quickly. Fans, I will come back stronger! ‘

Van Gerwen and Van Der Voort spent Christmas together before the latter contracted Covid

Van Gerwen and Van Der Voort spent Christmas together before the latter contracted Covid

Defending champion Price, who will next face Dirk van Duijvenbode, was not too impressed by the news and said the tournament had been “devalued”.

The Welshman wrote on Instagram: “Now this tournament is devalued.

“I prefer to play the best to be the best. I feel absolutely sick for these players who have to retire because of Covid.

Fans shared Price’s disappointment, with @Garradinho writing: “The PDC, even in the absence of formal bubble protocols, should have advised players not to spend time together outside of play and training to avoid contagion in case a player contracts it? ‘

Gerwyn Price is disappointed to see one of his main contenders for the crown give up

Gerwyn Price is disappointed to see one of his main contenders for the crown give up

World number 3 Van Gerwen is a former three-time winner and his presence will be sorely missed

World number 3 Van Gerwen is a former three-time winner and his presence will be sorely missed

In 2020, defending champion Van Gerwen reached the final for the fifth time in his career, but lost 7-3 to Peter Wright.

He was knocked out in the quarterfinals last year and lost his world number 1 status to Price.

Following Van Barneveld’s positive test, organizers insisted that all necessary precautions were in place to protect both players and fans at the event.

Van Gerwen’s withdrawal will open the draw, with Dobey facing either Dave Chisnall or Luke Humphries for a place in the quarter-finals.