FORMER world champ Ted Hankey doesn’t envy what Scot Peter Wright has to go through with eyesight issues.
The legendary oche icon believes he is in the form of his life during the lockdown and that he is itching to return to the professional circuit and in particular the big stage.
Hankey, Lakeside World Champion in 2000 and 2009, has had a tough time in recent years but is convinced that he can get back to his best.
“My eyes have settled down superbly with contact lenses and
I don’t envy what Peter Wright has got to go through now I’m two years out the other side.
“I’ve been doing some decent practice at home and my throw feels superb, even throwing the odd nine-darter here and there.
“I quite enjoyed watching some of the Matchplay on TV but there is no substitute for the roar of a real crowd……..
it reminded me how much I miss playing darts on the big stage and I’m determined to get back and play in the big events, whatever they may be”
There’s huge uncertainty surrounding the future of the BDO with liquidation taking place of its commercial arm and Hankey admits he’s unsure what the future holds.
He added: “Nobody has any idea what the future will look like for anyone not in the PDC, but it’s clear there is a tremendous appetite for darts to be played at a highly competitive level from players all over the World.
“I really hope they can sort it out so that we can all enjoy more tremendous events like the Lakeside has always produced.”