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BBC TV SPORT TO TELEVISE 2001 WINMAU WORLD MASTERS FINALS LIVE ON SUNDAY GRANDSTAND!

28TH WINMAU WORLD MASTERS DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS:
LAKESIDE COUNTRY CLUB,
FRIMLEY GREEN, SURREY Ė
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH to SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, 2001

The 2001 WINMAU WORLD MASTERS DARTS FINALS will create darts history when they are broadcast live on BBC TVís flagship sports programme Sunday Grandstand on December 2nd.
Not only will it be the first time that BBC TV has covered the Winmau World Masters Finals, but it will also be the first time that the Championships have been played as a 3-day event, with the actual Finals on Sunday Ė the day after the traditional Winmau Gala dinner/cabaret, which will still take place on Saturday, December 1st.
The 28th Winmau World Masters Darts Championships will be played at the Mecca of World Darts, Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green from November 30th to December 2nd and is the oldest established major darts Championship in the world.

The exciting line-up will feature champions from over 120 National, International and World events from over 30 countries, including defending Menís World Masters Champion, reigning Embassy World Champion and World No.1 JOHN ĎBoyí WALTON (England), and defending Womenís World Masters Champion, reigning Embassy Womenís World Champion and World No.1 TRINA GULLIVER (England).
The 2001 playing schedule is being re-arranged to ensure that live darts will be seen by a huge terrestrial TV audience on BBC TVís Sunday Grandstand, and epitomises the ongoing commitment of the BDO and the BBC to present more major televised darts events. And thereís an added bonus because the live draw for the 25th Anniversary Embassy World Professional Darts Championships, to be screened by BBC TV Sport for nine consecutive days from Saturday, January 5th to Sunday, January 13th, 2002, may take place during the live coverage of the Winmau World Masters finals.
"Not only is it a marvellous coup to have this nationally-networked coverage of world class darts on Sunday Grandstand", says Olly Croft, "but it also cements the wonderful partnership between the BDO and BBC Television. "A lot of people have been working very hard behind the scenes to make sure that this has happened, and I am delighted on behalf of the BDO, its officials and its players that BDO darts will be seen by millions of BBC viewers in both December 2001 and January 2002.
"Itís probably the most mouth-watering televised darts Ďdoubleí in the history of the game and makes the celebrations for the 25th Anniversary Embassy extra-special. It certainly augurs well for the future of our game." Sponsored by The Winmau Dartboard Company, famed worldwide for its manufacture of dartboards and darts equipment, the WINMAU WORLD MASTERS DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS, involving four separate World Finals for Men, Women, Youth (Boys and Girls), will be played at Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green from Friday, November 30th to Sunday, December 2nd, 2001. Live coverage can be seen on BBC TVís Sunday Grandstand from 2.30PM to 4.30PM on Sunday, December 2nd.

DARTS FANS CAN ENJOY A LONG WEEKEND OF WORLD DARTS AT LAKESIDE
Darts fans have been given an added bonus with the announcement from the British Darts Organisation that the 2001 Winmau World Masters Darts Championships have been extended into a three-day event. It means that from Friday, November 30th to Sunday, December 2nd they can go to the undisputed home of World Darts, Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green and see FOUR separate World Finals unfold:
The Menís World Masters The Womenís World Masters The Boys Youth World Masters The Girls Youth World Masters.
If that wasnít enough to whet the appetites of the most ardent darts fans, then thereís the added excitement of the presence of BBC TVís cameras and crew to provide exclusive live TV coverage of the Menís and Womenís Finals in Sunday Grandstand on December 2nd. Thereís even a further extra special treat, because the Winmau World Masters extravaganza is preceded by the International Play-Offs for the 2002 Embassy World Professional Darts Championships on Thursday, November 29th.
Itís a mouth-watering long weekend of top-class darts featuring the worldís best players, but it still doesnít end there!
For those darts fans who want to make the weekend even more memorable (if thatís possible) thereís International Cabaret at Lakeside starring the fabulous ĎDriftersí on the evening of Saturday, December 1st.

TICKET DETAILS:
Tickets for the International Play-Offs for the 25th Anniversary Embassy World Professional Darts Championships on Thursday, November 29th will be available on the door at Lakeside for £4.
Those wishing to book tickets for the Winmau World Masters can purchase an inclusive £9 ticket to cover admission for both Friday (Nov 30th) & Saturday (Dec.1st).
There will be a one-off admission price of £6 for those who want to be part of the exciting televised Winmau World Masters Finals to be screened live on BBCís flagship sports programme Sunday Grandstand on December 2nd.
All ticket enquires to Lakeside Country Club box-office: 01252-836464.

25TH EMBASSY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2002

JOHN BOY WALTON AND TRINA GULLIVER LEAD THE WAY FOR THE 2002 EMBASSY WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS:

LAKESIDE COUNTRY CLUB, FRIMLEY GREEN SATURDAY, JAN 5TH to SUNDAY, JAN 13TH,

2002 Invitations have been issued by the British Darts Organisation to the twenty-seven Men and four Women who have qualified by right to receive an invitation into the First Round Proper of the 2002 Embassy World Professional Darts Championships.
Heading the Menís list with a record-breaking lead in the BDO/WDF World Rankings is reigning Embassy World Champion JOHN ĎBOYí WALTON (England), whose impressive list of titles since being crowned Winmau World Masters Champion twelve months ago, stamps him out as the most successful player of the year. Having returned from Kuala Lumpur with Englandís victorious WDF World Cup Menís team, whom he helped secure the overall Team Title as well as winning the World Pairs title with Andy Fordham, he is undisputed World No.1 and No.1 Seed for the 25th Anniversary Embassy.

TRINA GULLIVER (England), the first and reigning Embassy Womenís World Champion, and now regarded as the most successful womenís darts player in modern history, will be defending her title as No.1 Seed and No.1 Womenís player in the BDO/WDF World Rankings.

The truly world-class Menís line-up includes for the first time ever three Dutch players: RAYMOND BARNEVELD (double Embassy World Champion 1998 and 1999), CO STOMPE and newcomer VINCENT VAN DER VOORT, plus the flying Finns of MARKO PUSA and JARKKO KOMULA.
Not surprisingly this adds to the overall interest of European television and for the fifth successive year the cameras of SBS-6 will be transmitting live and recorded coverage of the Embassy World Championships throughout Holland and Europe.
The Menís No.2 Seed is victorious England Captain MARTIN ADAMS, who capped off a marvellously successful year by not only lifting the WDF World Cup Team title with the England team in Malaysia, but also winning the coveted WDF World Cup Menís Singles title for good measure.

The remaining Menís Seeds for Embassy 2002 are:
No.3: MARKO PUSA (FINLAND),
No.4 MERVYN KING (ENGLAND),
No.5 KEVIN PAINTER (ENGLAND)
No.6 RONNIE BAXTER (ENGLAND)
No.7 RAYMOND BARNEVELD (NETHERLANDS)
No.8 BOB TAYLOR (SCOTLAND)

The 19 remaining world-class Menís players who have qualified to receive an invitation from the BDO to compete at Lakeside next January are (in alphabetical order):
GARY ANDERSON (SCOTLAND)
STEVE BEATON (ENGLAND)
MATT CLARK (ENGLAND)
ERIK CLARYS (BELGIUM)
TONY DAVID (AUSTRALIA)
RITCHIE DAVIES (WALES)
TONY ECCLES (ENGLAND)
ANDY FORDHAM (ENGLAND)
TED HANKEY (ENGLAND)
ANDY JENKINS (ENGLAND)
JARKKO KOMULA (FINLAND)
PETER MANLEY (ENGLAND)
WAYNE MARDLE (ENGLAND)
CHRIS MASON (ENGLAND)
COLIN MONK (ENGLAND)
TONY OíSHEA (ENGLAND)
CO STOMPE (NETHERLANDS)
VINCENT VAN DER VOORT (NETHERLANDS)
MIKE VEITCH (SCOTLAND).

Joining Trina Gulliver as the invited Womenís seeded players are:
No.2 FRANCIS HOENSELAAR (NETHERLANDS)
No.3 CRISSY HOWAT (ENGLAND)
No.4 VICKI PRUIM (BELGIUM)

The Embassy International Play-Offs, to be held at Lakeside Country Club on Thursday, November 29th will provide the players who will complete the final line-ups of thirty-two Men and eight Women who will contest the 2002 Embassy World Professional Darts Championships.
The 25th Anniversary Embassy, staged and promoted by the British Darts Organisation, sponsored by Imperial Tobacco Ltd and televised exclusively by BBC TV Sport for nine consecutive days on BBC-1 and BBC-2, will be played at the Mecca of World Darts, Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green from Saturday, January 5th to Sunday, January 13th.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: ROBERT HOLMES on 01827-701188 25TH
ANNIVERSARY EMBASSY WORLD PROFESSIONAL DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey SATURDAY, JAN 5TH to SUNDAY, JAN 13TH, 2002

PRIZE STRUCTURE: 2002 WORLD CHAMPION £48,000
RUNNER-UP £24,000
SEMI-FINALISTS £10,500 x 2
QUARTER-FINALISTS £ 5,500 x 4
2ND ROUND LOSERS £ 4,000 x 8
1ST ROUND LOSERS £ 2,650 x 16
LEADING NON-QUALIFIERS £ 5,600 Shared
HIGHEST CHECKOUT £ 2,000 TOTAL PRIZE MONEY: £197,000
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT PRIZE: TELEVISED 9-DART 501: £52,000 (to be equally shared if achieved by two or more players)
TOTAL AVAILABLE PRIZE FUND: £249,000

THE eight top women players in world darts, including reigning World Champion Trina Gulliver, will compete for the Embassy Women's World Women's World Championship
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The eight top women players in world darts, including reigning World Champion Trina Gulliver, will compete for the Embassy Women's World Championship at Lakeside Country Club in January.

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The line-up for the 2002 Embassy Women's World Championship will be as follows:

Trina Gulliver, the reigning World Champion, Francis Hoenselaar, Crissy Howat and Vicki Pruim the line up will be completed by four players from the BDO Member Counties who will come through the International Play-Offs at Lakeside Country Club:
Invites will go to the world's top players who qualify to participate in the Winmau World Masters Women's Singles in December. This will comprise over 70 players from approx 30 countries.

Dates and times of the actual World Stage Finals will be announced at a later date, but the BDO is delighted to announce that prize moneyhas been increased from £8000 to £10,000, with the addition of a £10,000 Special Achievement Award for a televised 9-Dart 501, to reflect the growing status of the Women's World Championship.
The second consecutive Embassy Women's World Championship will be played as an integral part of the 25th Anniversary Embassy World Professional Darts championships, to be played at Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey from Saturday, January 5th to Sunday, January 13th, 2002.

Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, the 2002 Embassy World Championships will be the first darts tournament in the World with an available prize fund worth over a quarter of a million pounds.
The mens World Championship comprises of the highest ever guaranteed prize money in world darts of £197,000 with an additional bonus of £52,000 for any player hitting a 9 dart game during the televised stages of the championship.
Added together with the womens prize money of £10,000 plus the £10,000 for a ladies 9 dart game (during televised stages) it produces a total available prize fund of £269,000, with £48,000 going to the Embassy champion and £24,000 to the runner up. Losing semi's £10,500 each down to losers in the first round 16 x £2,650 and £5,400 shared between the leading non qualifiers, plus a £2,000 highest check out prize.

The mens line up will be headed by the 2001 Champion John "boy" Walton along with his friend "Teddy Bear" who I am assured does not count as a qualifier, previous winners Ted Hankey and Raymond Barneveld.
The rest of the 27 seeded players also hold some possible mouth watering games as several new faces have made their way through the ranking points to make their debuts on the World stage.

A very, very in form Gary Anderson from Scotland who has been taking many local North East competitions by storm along with many appearances in some of the major tournaments, sticking with the North East, another new face Durham's Tony Eccles who currently has a ferocious appetite for competitions attending almost anything and everything lately thanks to a lucrative sponsorship deal.
These new faces along with some of the more experienced players such as England captain Martin Adams, Ronnie Baxter, Andy Fordham, plus regular Scot Bob Taylor along with favourites from the Netherlands as well as Barneveld including Co Stompe and Vincent Van Der Voort and of course not forgetting the Welsh Wizard Richie Davies, then we are almost certainly in for a treat and if I may make a prediction a very close title race, to decide who will take this years crown.
As for predicting a winner, I will wait until the full line up has been announced as I think this years winner may well emerge from the 5 remaining qualifying places and most certainly we will see a new name make their mark as the 25th name on this most prestigious of all darts trophies.

Full Line for 2002 Embassy World Championships (not including qualifiers)

1 John Walton England
2 Ted Hankey England
3 Wayne Mardle England
4 Andy Fordham England
5 Martin Adams England
6 Marko Pusa Finland
7 Mervyn King England
8 Kevin Painter England
9 Ronnie Baxter England
10 Raymond Barneveld Netherlands
11 Bob Taylor Scotland
12 Steve Beaton England
13 Andy Jenkins England
14 Jarkko Komula Finland
15 Erik Clarys Belgium
16 Mike Veitch Scotland
17 Matt Clark England
18 Richie Davies Wales
19 Tony O'Shea England
20 Gary Anderson Scotland
21 Colin Monk England
22 Peter Manley England
23 Tony Eccles England
24 Tony David Australia
25 Chris Mason England
26 Co Stompe Netherlands
27 Vincent Van Der Voort Netherlands

ENGLAND YOUTH

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British Darts Organisation Sussex.
Results Europe Cup Youth Bremen
OVERALL CHAMPIONS GIRLS AND BOYS ENGLAND.

I am please to tell you that we came home with both the Europe Cups from Bremen, we also won the Boys Pairs, Girls Pairs, Runner up in the Girls Singles, and Runner up in the Team of 4 boys.

WORLD YOUTH CUP

KUALA LUMPUR,
26TH - 29TH SEPTEMBER 2001-07-09

I am please to inform you that I have managed to get the England Youth Team sponsored to go to World Cup.
The players named below are the two players I have selected to represent England.
Boys. : Stephen Bunting. Merseyside.
Girls. : Laura Power. Hampshire.

Yours in the sport of darts. Vic Sexton

TOBACCO SPONSORSHIP BAN

The British Darts Organisation and the Embassy World Darts Championship have received a vote of confidence from Baroness Anelay of St. Johns in the House of Lords. The Baroness, who is opposition spokesperson for Culture, Media & Sport, has tabled an important amendment to the second reading of the Tobacco Advertising & Promotion Bill, which it is hoped, will give darts the same extension to 2006, as is to be enjoyed by Formula One and snooker.
Her amendment to the bill reads as 'regulations made under subsection (1) shall ensure that section 10 shall not apply before 1st October 2006 to sponsorship arrangements made by the governing bodies of: (a) darts (b) angling and (c) rugby union.
' The BDO and darts is currently set to lose the invaluable sponsorship of Imperial Tobacco (who have sponsored the Embassy World Championships since 1978) in 2003. However, the BDO has been strongly lobbying for an extension for several years and they remain hopeful that the global popularity of darts will persuade the government to reconsider its position in relation to darts.
'We have worked very hard at proving the case for our sport' says Olly Croft. 'This has included the provision of detailed information to both the Minister of Health and Minister for Sport. We have also received strong cross-party support from many MP's and attended high-powered meetings - including a debate in the House of Commons - with leading political figures and media representatives.
Now we have been privileged with a debate in the House of Lords. 'The case we are making for the retention of the Embassy World Championship until at least 2006, because Imperial Tobacco has provided the funding for darts from grass roots right through to world levels since 1978. It goes without saying that had such generous funding not been available to us, then the sport of darts might not have had the success which it has enjoyed for almost 25 years.'

'When such notables as Baroness Anelay show their support for our sport by speaking in the House of Lords, I cannot help but feel proud of the status which darts and the BDO enjoy in the modern world.' Hansard, which publishes all parliamentary debates, reported Baroness Anelay's address to the House of Lords as follows:
'To suggest that sports can find replacement sponsors easily is a mis-understanding of the commercial market place.
The current shortfall for the sports is estimated to be 10 million for marketing the sporting events. Mr. Olly Croft of the British Darts Organisation wrote to my honourable friend in another place, Mr. John Greenaway, and made this point about the task force: 'The task force was simply a gesture to give the impression we were being given assistance.

In truth, there probably isn't a business out there, which can replace the funding we receive from Imperial Tobacco. What would help enormously is an extension to 2006 like Formula One and snooker. We can fulfill the government criteria of being a global sport.'
The debate went on to point out many anomalies within the Bill, and also raised the vexed question of whether alcohol (noting Carling's withdrawal as sponsors of the Premier League) will be the next victim of a 'banning order'.

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