Raymond van Barneveld and Phil Taylor really compete on Thursday from their living room. The former top darters moved the date a number of times in recent weeks due to technical problems.
The manager of Van Barneveld, Jaco van Bodegom, confirms Tuesday after reporting from the AD to NU.nl that the now much discussed confrontation takes place on Thursday at 8 p.m. Dutch time and is broadcast live on Facebook.
It was initially planned that Van Barneveld and Taylor would meet on March 25, but the game was subsequently postponed each time because the technique left something to be desired, especially at Taylor's home.
Van Barneveld lives in The Hague and Taylor in Stoke-on-Trent. Throwing will be done on an electronic soft tip board. It contains, for example, a camera and microphone, so that they can clearly see and hear their opponent.
The virtual battle between Van Barneveld and Taylor was conceived by Target, the arrow sponsor of both players. The proceeds go to charity. Van Barneveld plays for the food bank and Taylor for the English health care system.
Darts is certainly still until the beginning of May
52-year-old Van Barneveld and 59-year-old Taylor said goodbye to the darts at the beginning of this year and in 2018, respectively. 'Barney' became world champion five times and 'The Power' took a record number of sixteen world titles.
Van Barneveld and Taylor met each other a total of 83 times, of which twice in the final of the PDC World Cup. Van Barneveld was the strongest in a thriller (7-6) in 2007 and Taylor provided a beating (7-1) in 2009.
The 'real' darts will certainly remain silent until the beginning of May due to the corona crisis. In the meantime, sponsors and also the PDC try to entertain the fans by organizing events where players can throw from their living room.
For example, Van Barneveld participated in the Modus Icons of Darts for the past two days. That was not too great a success, because strikingly enough he lost all his eight games, of which twice against his young compatriot Wessel Nijman.
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