Tuesday,14 August, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1251, (18 - 24 June 2015)
Tuesday,14 August, 2018
Issue 1251, (18 - 24 June 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Aim of the event

Egypt hosted a tournament which tells players where they stand in the world of darts. Ghada Abdel-Kader reports

Al-Ahram Weekly

The Egyptian Darts Federation headed by Yehia Abdel-Kader held a tournament, the second of its kind, to rank players in darts. From 7-13 June 56 men and women players entered, including 12 foreigners.

In the men’s results, Briton Dave Envis won first place and LE2,500. Egyptian Ayman Mansour took second with LE1,500 while Egyptians Abdel-Aziz Yehia and Amir Shousha came in third place with LE500 each.

It was the first time for Yehia to compete in the tournament, but Envis and Shousha have been there before. They have 24 points in their ranking.

In the women’s, Mariam Fahmi took first place and LE1,000.

The semi-final and final were held at Al-Massa Hotel in Nasr City. Among the attendees was Egypt’s Deputy Minister of Sport Ashraf Sobhi.

Total prize money was LE6,000.

After the launch of the EDF in January 2015, Egypt became the first Arab country to make darts an official sport. EDF became the first Arab federation and the second African federation to join the World Darts Federation (WDF) along with 80 other countries.

The WDF also holds the World Darts Cup every two years and a number of regional and continental championships. More than 650 darts throwers are registered across the world.

According to how the tournament was scored, the first place winner added 90 points to his ranking, the second place 60 points, third place (two players) 40 points, fifth place (four players) 24 points, ninth place (eight players) 12 points and 17th place (16 players) six points.

EDF collects all the points scored by each athlete in the four top tournaments and presents a list with the final ranking of the players at the end of the season.

“The EDF’s plan for 2015 is to hold four tournaments for ranking Egyptian darts players,” Abdel-Kader said. “This is the second one. The first was in March. The third tournament will be in September and the fourth in December. These tournaments will give points that will be added to the ranking of Egyptian darts players. Then, EDF will inform the WDF of the results.”

“Only five months have passed since the official launching of EDF yet the number of athletes increased to 110 men and women athletes. We expect this number will multiply in the coming period after Egyptian sporting clubs join the EDF and increase the number of the members in the EDF’s general assembly.

“EDF’s headquarter is fully equipped so any player can train on darts,” Abdel-Kader added.

Abdel-Kader told Al-Ahram Weekly: “Youth and Sport Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz asked me to present a proposal for holding the International Darts Championship in Egypt. I assure you that Egypt has potential and abilities to host such a championship. Darts doesn’t need a large space. It only needs an equipped hall, like any press conference hall or meeting room. These are available in all touristic sites in Egypt.”

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