More than 47 years after the iteration of the illustrious British Darts Organisation (BDO), it seems to be no more.
In recent weeks, more and more counties have switched from the BDO in the county BICC system to the United Kingdom Darts Association (UKDA). They were formed at the end of May 2020 to go alongside the BDO and Tri-Nations to battle for control of the county system.
Interested counties could make it known until Monday evening if they wished to defer their membership over to any of the two new associations. 42 had already defected as of Sunday; and on Monday evening, the UKDA signalled the end of the BDO with the eight remaining counties also joining the association.
This includes Lincolnshire, who have involvement from the BDO Chairman, Des Jacklin. 54 counties in all; with four more added made sure of the UKDA running proceedings going forward.
“It hasn’t been an easy period in our sport and there is certainly no mass celebrations at the UKDA tonight,” said UKDA CEO Colin Savage in a press release. “Yes we have achieved our goal; but it is also a very sad day for the game of darts. The BDO system has been what we all have known, loved and invested time in. And I as well as many have shed a tear today.”