Darts world champion Wayne Warren ‘kidnaps’ trophy in protest over BDO “disgrace”
Wayne Warren celebrating his triumph (Image: PA)
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Wayne Warren won just £23,000 for becoming a darts world champion 12 months ago – and he has 'kidnapped' the trophy in protest at his slashed prize money.
While fellow Welshman Gerwyn Price banked a monster £500,000 for his maiden PDC title at Alexandra Palace last weekend, 58-year-old Warren says his treatment for winning the rival BDO crown is a “disgrace.”
Although the winner's loot was advertised as £100,000 in advance of the tournament, disastrous TV income, sponsorship and ticket sales meant organisers had to cut Warren's jackpot by 77 per cent.
The BDO has since gone out of business and, for the first time since Leighton Rees won the inaugural title in 1978, there will be no world championship on their side of the alphabet divide this year.
Warren remains bitter about his treatment.
He said: “I feel massively let down by what happened.
Warren after winning in the Final last January
(Image: Chris Sargeant/ProSports/REX)
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"At my age, when the youngsters are taking over darts, I should have won £100,000 from the BDO.
“On top of that, before coronavirus came along, I could have generated more money from exhibitions but 2020 has been a killer, a washout.
“It should have been a life-changing year for me and I do feel I have been let down.
"If it wasn’t for my sponsors and management team, I would have been lost, sat in the corner doing nothing. They really lifted me and kept me going.
“But the way I have been treated by the BDO is an absolute disgrace.
“I can tell you exactly where their trophy is – it’s sitting on my living room table at home.
“And it won’t be moved from there until I get my money. That cup is going nowhere, let me tell you that.”