Arguably the biggest event in darts over the last week wasn’t the World Matchplay draw, or the end of the Summer Series event. It was the news that Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark, the man who has helmed the coverage of the sport for many years, announced on Twitter that he was stepping down from his position, to focus on his ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Clark’s decision to step down led to a number of tributes from the great and good of sports, who hailed Clark for the job he has done over the years.
Clark deserves huge credit for doing such a great job whilst battling Parkinson’s for almost a decade, and he will be an almost impossible act to follow.
Indeed, it could be argued that darts won’t be the same game without the presenter, so vital has he been to the coverage of the sport.
With Clark and multiple time world champions Raymond Van Barneveld and Phil Taylor all retiring in the past few years, it seems like we are entering a new era for the PDC.
The new era will continue on Saturday, when the World Matchplay gets underway, a tournament which is usually one of the highlights of the darts calendar will be very different this year due to the lack of crowds.
We will have a preview of the Matchplay tournament up on the site on Friday. For now though, we can only wish the great Dave Clark well for the future, he will be a very hard act to follow.
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