Darts on tar­get for Olympics

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DARTS is on its way to be­com­ing an Olympic sport. The World Darts Fed­er­a­tion is in the sec­ond stage of be­com­ing a “recog­nised sport” with the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

Once suc­cess­ful, darts would then be able to ap­ply to be part of the Olympic pro­gramme. While it is too late for Tokyo 2020, the 2024 Olympic Games are still open, though 2028 is more likely.

Top play­ers are sup­port­ing the bid, in­clud­ing world cham­pi­ons Michael van Ger­wen and Gary An­der­son. Two-time world cham­pion An­der­son said: “If you play darts at the Alexan­dra Palace, I don’t think there is an Olympic sta­dium that will come close to that. Show me a sport in the Olympics that gets half as loud in the crowd. You have to hit a tar­get 2.4m away and you’re work­ing to 1mm. It is the same as archery.”

World Darts Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Bill Hat­ter said: “We are in the process of (ap­ply­ing for) Olympic recog­ni­tion. We are also a mem­ber of the Global As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Sport Fed­er­a­tions and the Al­liance of In­de­pen­dent Recog­nised Mem­bers of Sport, as well as com­pli­ant with the world anti-dop­ing code. We are a mem­ber of the Olympic fam­ily, al­beit not yet a recog­nised sport.

“As far as the Olympic recog­ni­tion process goes, we are in the sec­ond level and are mov­ing for­ward slowly.” It is through this process that surf­ing, skate­board­ing, karate and base­ball were added to Tokyo 2020. The idea is that these sports, all pop­u­lar in Ja­pan, will add to the legacy of the Games.

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