Wolfie’s bat­tle with can­cer

High hopes

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Bob French bob.french@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @Peter­bor­oughTel

Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adam­sish­op­ing to take part in the 2016 Grand Slam of Darts af­ter mak­ing a favourable im­pres­sion in the event 12 months ago

dams is ranked num­ber five with the World Darts Fed­er­a­tion and that should se­cure him an in­vi­ta­tion to take on the best of the PDC at the big event in Wolver­hamp­ton Civic Hall in Novem­ber.

Eight play­ers from the B DO are in­vited to take part in the tour­na­ment that start son Novem­ber 12 and they should be world cham­pion Scott Wait es, Jeff Smith, Glenn Dur­rant, Darryl Fit­ton, Jamie Hughes, Scot­tMitchell, Dan­nyNop­pert and Adams.

Adams said this week: “I will play if I’m in­vited, but I’m tak­ing noth­ing for granted. Un­til I re­ceive a let­ter ore-mail invit­ing meto­takepart, I can’t say I will def­i­nitely be play­ing .”

Adams seems cer­tain to be in­vited to the tour­na­ment that’s screened live on Sky Sports.

He was one of the stars of last year’s Grand Slam, his de­but at an event that has brought to­gether the best play­ers from the ri­val P DC and BDO since 2007.

He topped Group B and made a sec­ond-round exit af­ter a thriller against KimHuy­brechts that went all the way to a de­cid­ing 19th leg.

The crowd at the Civic Hall were hos­tile to­wards Adams at the start of the tour­na­ment, but be­cause of his daz­zling darts and happy-go-lucky at­ti­tude they were soon cheer­ing him.

“There was so much noise fromthe­crowd,. I just wentout thereAand treated it like a big exhibition rather than a tour­na­ment,” he said.

“There wasn’t the type of or­der you get at the Lake­side or the WorldMasters. It’s very dif­fer­ent. I just wentout­there an­den­joyed it. Youhave to en­joy it. That’s how I ap­proach play­ing darts.

“There was no pres­sure on meatall. I don’t havea­pointto prove. I just go out there and en­joy play­ing darts.”

Darts leg­end Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams has re­vealed he’s bat­tling can­cer. The three-times BDO world champ from Dee ping St James says he’s been un­der­go­ing treat­ment for prostate can­cer for “two or three months.”

The 60 year-old said: “I’ve fin­ished my ra­dio­ther­apy, I’m still on the hor­mones and I’m go­ing back to see a con­sul­tant in Novem­ber.

“I have not had any side­ef­fects from the ra­dio­ther­apy and gen­er­ally I feel fine in my­self.

“I’ve got some­thing I didn’t want and I’m try­ing to get it fixed. Hope­fully it’s been fixed.”

Sur­vival rates among prostate can­cer suf­fer­ers are en­cour­ag­ingly high and Martin added: “I’m stay­ing pos­i­tive, that’s all I can do.

“I’m still play­ing darts and lov­ing ev­ery minute of it and, touch wood, have not had to miss a tour­na­ment yet.”

Wolfiew on the Bri­tish Pen­tathlon for a record 11 th time re­cently, but says that be­cause of his can­cer treat­ment his form has been “up and down” over the last few months.

“I haven’ t been able to prac­tice as much as I would like ,” he said, “and I have to hope my form is there when I go out and play in my next big tour­na­ment.”

He’s hop­ing that will bethe Grand Slam of Darts at Wolver­hamp­ton Civic Hall next month.

Since be­ing di­ag­nosed, he has been busy work­ing hard for the Prostate Can­cer UK char­ity.

“I was shocked to learn that onein eight men get it at some time,” added Martin. “It’s all about aware­ness and I’m do­ing ev­ery­thing I can through my darts to help with pub­lic­ity.

“I’m putting some­thing back.”

Martin Adams.

Martin Wolfie Adams.

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