Proof that darts is the top sport

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Proof that darts is the top sport

The sport of darts polarises opinion, with those who feel it should not be considered a sport at loggerheads with the thousands who attend around the world and millions who watch on TV.

But, in an era where the leading sports are tainted by drugs, over-inflated transfer fees / wages and match-fixing, the simple act of throwing tungsten has received the backing of the British public.

A recent poll of 2,000 people saw darts come out on top of the UK Sports Integrity Index, which measures the perceived level of integrity of the top 12 professional sports in the UK.

The issues involved were match-fixing, the use of performance enhancing drugs, financial corruption and cover-up stories and scandals.

It is fantastic news that the sport is seen in such a great light as it continues to grow year-on-year, with huge TV audiences being treated to a feast of darts at a standard that is barely believable.

Averages of more than 100 are regularly seen while huge checkouts are commonplace and the odd nine-dart finish just puts the icing on the cake.

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Professional darts is extremely competitive, with the rewards for success obvious to all concerned, and that has increased the standard but not at the expense of sportsmanship.

It is true that a few of the players may go slightly overboard when celebrating a victory or a 170 checkout, but there is respect among the leading lights.

On the odd occasion that the referee adds up the score incorrectly, players stand back from the board and let him / her have another go.

But it is not just on the oche that darts is seen in a good light as the players are happy to get involved in charitable causes.

Trina has enjoyed a superb career with multiple titles under her belt but has also given plenty back.


Trina Gulliver MBE Fishing


This summer she joined a number of celebrities and fellow sport people at the annual PDC annual Charity Fishing Championship.

The sport’s top man, Barry Hearn, even took part and it was fantastic event, televised on ITV 4, which raised money for Parkinson’s UK.

Trina, who has 10 world titles under her belt and is eyeing more in the future, also plays exhibitions in support of Prostate Cancer UK, further showing the charitable side of one of the most popular sports in the UK.

The BBC’s Sports Relief also saw a few top darts players team up with celebrities for ‘Let’s Play Darts’ and, while the averages may not have been that stratospheric, it was a great success and helped raise awareness of the charity event.


BBC Sports Relief


It is clearly a good time to be involved with darts as it is a no-nonsense sport where the best player wins.

There are no disputed offside calls or debates over whether a foul was inside or outside the box, the dart either goes into its target or it doesn’t.

It all means that the sport is clean, genuine and without controversy – a fact borne out by the poll which shows that the public have got the message.



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