BDO lifts sanctions on PDC players in ground-breaking new ruling

The BDO has lifted all restrictions but its own World Championship remains in doubt

The British Darts Organisation is to remove all restrictions placed on current PDC players and will allow its players to compete in Q School and the upcoming ladies qualifiers for the World Championship without sanction.

Derek Jacklin, who was elected as the new BDO Chairman earlier this month, has met with the BDO board to pass a resolution to remove historic restrictions placed on PDC players.

This means that from October 1, 2018, current PDC Tour Card holders are permitted to enter BDO qualifying events providing they are not serving a period of ineligibility imposed by the BDO, the World Darts Federation or any member body of the WDF.

Furthermore, ladies players will not face sanctions should they wish to enter the qualifiers for the PDC World Championship.

Prior to this news, Anastasia Dobromyslova, Lorraine Winstanley, Deta Hedman, Fallon Sherrock and Corrine Hammond were among those who had already submitted their entries.

BDO players will also no longer face any penalties relating to entry to the PDC Qualifying School in January - in which an open field competes for coveted PDC Tour Cards.

Previously, players were contractually obliged to remain within the BDO system if they reached the Semi-Finals of the BDO World Championship - a ruling which notably affected current BDO World Champion Glen Durrant - who had expressed his desire to play in the PDC system.

The 300-word open letter by Jacklin contains no reference to the 2019 BDO World Championship - which remains in major doubt due to a lack of broadcast partner or sponsor.


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