PDC to scrap Walk-on girls from televised darts events

Not everybody is happy with the decision.
Not everybody is happy with the decision. Photo credit: Getty Images

Walk-on girls will no longer be used by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) but it seems not all punters will be happy.               

Women have accompanied players onto the stage for some years - something which has been regularly criticised - and the PDC has decided to act, starting at this weekend's Masters in Milton Keynes.     

"We regularly review all aspects of our events and this move has been made following feedback from our host broadcasters," a spokesperson told Press Association Sport.

World Champion Rob Cross.
World Champion Rob Cross. Photo credit: AAP

Last year, world No.1 Michael van Gerwen predicted the move, saying in an interview with AD Sportwereld: "The PDC wants more people to see it as a sport. It does not interest me (walk-on girls)."

But the move has triggered a petition to reinstate the girls.         

On Friday night (Saturday NZ time) it had collected over 3,000 signatures and was backed by former world champion Raymond van Barneveld.            

"I will really miss the girls. For me they are a part of the darts," he wrote.             

The PDC's move will likely increase pressure on other sports, such as boxing and F1, to review their use of ring and grid girls.               

PA