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'We Are A Global Sport' - Hearn Has Huge Plans For PDC World Darts

'We Are A Global Sport' - Hearn Has Huge Plans For PDC World Darts
By Maurice Brosnan

Fresh from another successful championship, Professional Darts Corporation chief Barry Hearn has big plans for the increased growth of the game.

Michael van Gerwen won Tuesday's final against Michael Smith 7-3 to claim his third Championship at Alexandra Palace. The world number one added to titles from 2014 and 2017.

Speaking to BBC, Hearn claimed that darts can push on to rival golf as a sport: "We will see China develop a major darts involvement and there's a lot of people in China."

There's a lot of money in China. We are seeing India, Pakistan, Bangladesh picking up darts. We are not a UK sport, we are a global sport and as such we are looking at expanding into north America, to south America, we've opened a small office in China.

I don't see any reason at all why darts shouldn't be the same size as professional golf.

While ambitious, there has already been phenomenal growth in the last 15 years. It remains to be seen where darts can go in the next 15.

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