After testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of his third-round match against James Wade, Vincent van der Voort was forced to withdraw from the World Darts Championship.
On December 21, ‘The Dutch Destroyer’ defeated Adam Hunt in straight sets in his first match, and in Monday night’s curtain-raiser, he was set to face ‘The Machine’ for a spot in the last 16.
Van der Voort, who stayed in the UK over Christmas, has since tested positive, and Wade, the world No. 4, has been given a bye to the last 16, where he will face either Joe Cullen or Martijn Kleermaker.
After his compatriot Raymond van Barneveld, who was defeated by 2018 champion Rob Cross in round two, Van der Voort became the second player to test positive for Covi during this year’s competition.
Wishing Vincent a speedy recovery! #WorldDartsChampionships
— James Wade (@JamesWade180) December 27, 2021
Van Barneveld said he had no symptoms during his fight with Cross, but he became ill soon after and tested positive for HIV on Christmas Eve.
After contracting Covid prior to this year’s showpiece, Spain’s Juan Francisco Rodriguez was also denied an Alexandra Palace debut.
The evening session will feature two matches, with world champion Gerwyn Price defending his title against Kim Huybrechts and eighth seed Jonny Clayton facing Gabriel Clemens of Germany.
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