Price slams 'devalued' World Darts Championship after Van Gerwen withdrawal

Gerwyn Price says he ‘absolutely feels sick’ after Michael van Gerwen’s withdrawal from the World Darts Championship, believing that the tournament has been devalued as a result.

Van Gerwen tested positive for Covid and his withdrawal from the competition was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon, before his scheduled third round clash with Chris Dobey.

MVG follows his fellow Dutchman Vincent van der Voort out of the World Championship due to Covid, with Dobey receiving a bye through to the last 16.

While Price could be a beneficiary of one of his main rivals being out of the tournament, the defending champion is saddened to see MVG leave Alexandra Palace in these circumstances.

Even if the Iceman does go on to lift the Sid Waddell Trophy for a second time, he believes it would be devalued by the withdrawals thanks to Covid.

‘Now this tournament is devalued,’ Price wrote on Instagram. ‘I’d rather play the best to be the best, absolutely feel sick for these players having to pull out over Covid.’

Van Gerwen was understandably frustrated for his World Championship challenge to come to an end in this way, saying he hasn’t shown any symptoms of the virus.

‘Really disappointed, confused, angry… the way how my World Championship is ending,’ Van Gerwen tweeted.

‘Never expected this outcome as I thought I did everything in my possibility to avoid it [Covid-19]. Also ain’t got any symptoms. Closing this year off really quickly. Fans I’ll be back stronger!’

Dobey is into the last 16 after Van Gerwen’s withdrawal and the Englishman sent a classy message to the three-time world champion after the disappointing news.

Not the way I wanted to go through at all, I’d just like to wish @MvG180 well in his recovering from Covid -19 also to everyone out there please look after yourselves

‘Not the way I wanted to go through at all, I’d just like to wish @MvG180 well in his recovering from Covid -19 also to everyone out there please look after yourselves,’ Dobey tweeted.

Hollywood now faces the winner of Dave Chisnall vs Luke Humphries for a place in the quarter-finals.

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