Saturday, January 12, 2013

Darts at the Olympics?...more

Further to our earlier blog report there has been more newspaper and Internet talk recently about darts being admitted into the Olympics some time in the future (2020 being the earliest possibility). The latest comments about the possibility have come from two very high profile dart players, again from the incomparable Phil "The Power" Taylor and now Tony "Silverback" O'Shea.

Taylor told BBC Sport  "If we got in there,I'd be chuffed to bits.  I don't think it'll be in my lifetime but you never know. I think the problem is, if you put darts in there, then another sport has got to drop out and I don't think that's fair. They've been there and we're taking their place, I suppose". Meanwhile O'Shea, two time Finalist and at the time of writing now a three time Semi Finalist in the BDO World Championships has been reported on as saying “Personally I can’t see it. For it to be in the Olympics would mean you would have to take away the drinking side of it and if that happened, I don’t see how you would have enough players to compete! Darts is a pub sport – it is what it is.  Without the booze, I doubt the atmosphere would be the same and that’s what makes our sport.”

High profile sports personalities Clive Woodward (Rugby) and Andrew Flintoff (Cricket ) have both voiced their support for darts being in the Olympics as well.

The truth of the matter is that it will be a hard road to walk as the 2020 Olympics will only allow 28 sports into the event with a waiting list of sports already queueing up to get in there, namely: baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding, wushu (a full contact martial arts sport) and beach soccer. As you can see darts isn't even on the list... yet, so you have to ask maybe the reality of darts being an Olympic sport isn't as close as the media have us believe? The talk does raise the darts profile another notch though which can only be good for raising the sports playing numbers not only in Britain but New Zealand too?


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