Van drives on af­ter col­lapse

HO­TEL FRIGHT CAN’T PUT BRAKE ON VIN­CENT DARTS

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 -

VIN­CENT VAN DER VOORT faces Bren­dan Dolan for a place in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Par­tyPoker.com World Grand Prix tonight – weeks af­ter fear­ing his ca­reer was over.

The Dutch star has re­vealed that his shock first round exit to Ian White in the World Match­play this sum­mer had been over­shad­owed by his dra­matic col­lapse only hours be­fore the con­test in Black­pool.

Van der Voort had passed out in his ho­tel room. He re­turned to the Nether­lands and had ex­ten­sive tests be­fore be­ing di­ag­nosed as lac­tose in­tol­er­ant.

He was ini­tially told he would miss the rest of 2012, but has de­fied doc­tors by re­turn­ing to ac­tion last month be­fore see­ing off Ire­land’s Wil­liam O’Con­nor in Dublin on Mon­day.

“I’d had a lot of prob­lems with my back last year but as soon as I got that sorted, this came along,” re­vealed the 36-year-old.

“I hadn’t been feel­ing well since Fe­bru­ary, but ev­ery­thing came to a head in Black­pool in July.

“I ac­tu­ally passed out in my ho­tel room be­fore I played Ian White in the World Match­play.

“It was very fright­en­ing for me. I don’t re­mem­ber any­thing about the match – only what peo­ple have told me since.

“Doc­tors told me it would be five months be­fore I could play again.

Drained

“But I told them there was no chance of that be­cause darts is my liv­ing, so we have had to cre­ate a spe­cial diet.

“I brought my own food over to Ire­land, like my own bread, and it’s a big chal­lenge to eat the right food when you’re away from home.

“It’s some­thing for me to work on and I’m try­ing to be­come bet­ter than I was be­fore.

“I’m about 80 per cent now and I still felt drained and tired af­ter I played Wil­liam.

“Peo­ple who know me may have watched it and said ‘that’s not the real Vin­cent’ – and I have to make sure I’m go­ing to be more healthy. It takes time.”

HEALTH SCARE: Van der

Voort

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