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Michael Van Gerwen OUT of World Darts Championship after positive Covid-19 test

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Michael Van Gerwen OUT of World Darts Championship after positive Covid-19 test

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ichael van Gerwen was forced to withdraw from the world darts championship after testing positive for Covid-19.

The three-time tournament winner was one of the favorites to lift the trophy in early January, but his hopes of another world title were dashed by Covid.

Van Gerwen was due to face Chris Dobey in the third round later tonight, but that game was called off and Dobey will get a final 16 pass.

The Dutchman is the second player to withdraw from the tournament in as many days due to a positive Covid test.

Vincent van der Voort was also forced to step down, ahead of his game against James Wade on Monday, and organizers will fear other stars will return to Ally Pally after the Christmas holidays and test positive.

Gerwyn Price is the favorite to defend his title, and even more so now Van Gerwen will not be able to continue his race.

The Dutchman was understandably annoyed at having to withdraw from the tournament and wondered if enough measures were being put in place by the tournament organizers.

“Of course our health is the most important thing, but you are here to win the tournament,” Van Gerwen told Dutch media AD Sportwereld. “I never saw it coming. Vincent (van der Voort) and I were almost nowhere. We didn’t even go to the breakfast room because we thought there was too much world there.

“We can sit here together now, but we imagined it very differently. Again, this is truly the biggest nightmare. I test myself here every day. I don’t know where I got it. Yet we are the losers.

“The PDC will say at any time that it followed the government’s rules, but they could have been looked at more closely.

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