As the coronavirus pandemic has left the world with a real shortage of live sport, the Championship Darts Circuit has ‘moved with the times’ as the North American-based darts corporation set up their very own darts at home league, the CDC Championship League.
Canada’s Kiley Edmunds picked up the inaugural title, defeating Gary Mawson in the final. Despite finishing fourth in the Canadian Division and seven points adrift of Matt Campbell, who topped the league phase from a Canadian perspective, the CDC Tour event finalist took full advantage of the tournament’s criteria.
Following the CDC Championship League, it was announced on social media that the third weekend on the CDC tour, due to be played in Denver, Colorado, was to be cancelled.
The CDC’s CEO, Peter Citera released the following statement:
“Due to the continued uncertainty affecting North America surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to cancel the upcoming events originally scheduled to be held in Denver July 10th – 12th.
“All outstanding registration fees from Tour Card Holders will be refunded via cheque by the end of June.
“We are currently exploring the possibility of holding two event weekends (one in each country) in late summer or fall. More information on the remainder of 2020 will follow in the coming weeks. Please watch www.champdarts,com and follow all of our social media properties as we will share information on all the CDC tours (Main, Junior, and Evolution) when it becomes available.
“In the meantime, we look forward to bringing you Series #2 of the CDC Championship League that will feature seven US and Canadian players in a seven-week season with one weekly featured match from each country; details will be announced in June. Additionally, we’ll continue with our giveaways of dart-related merchandise and memorabilia made possible by the generosity of our wonderful sponsors.
“Thank you for your continued support of Championship Darts Corporation and the Championship Darts Circuit. Please stay safe and healthy, we look forward to seeing you on the oche and the Livestream just as soon as circumstances allow.”
On the back of Mr Citera’s statement that leaves a degree of excitement prior to the Championship League announcement in a few weeks time. But, in the mean time, the CDC already have something else up their sleeves..
Keeping North America entertained, the CDC announced the ‘Next Generation Showcase’ featuring some of the most talented young players in North America, kicking off on June 3.
Separated into two divisions, CDC Junior Division & CDC Evolution Division, Kaden Anderson, Jamison Merritt, PJ Stewart, James Butler, Keifer Durham, Gavin Nicoll, Jacob Womack and Joey Lynaugh will battle it out for a place in the play-offs.
Junior Division: Best of 10 legs, a win earns two points, with a draw earning a point.
Evolution Division: Best of 12 legs, a win earns two points, with a draw earning a point.
- Week one: Wed June 3
- Week two: Wed June 10
- Week three: Wed June 17
- Week four: Wed June 24