Saturday, April 4, 2009

36 Countries Signed to Compete This Coming September at World Dart Championships in Charlotte, N.C.

(BUSINESS WIRE)--The best professional dart players in the world from over 36 nations will gather for four days (September 23rd through 26th) to determine who are the best in the world. This will be the largest international contingent of the best dart players in the universe to compete in the United States.

Sending competitors for the Men's, Woman's and Youth Divisions will be Australia, Brazil, England, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Rep. of Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, The United States and Wales.

Rounding out the 36 countries by sending competitors for the Men's and Women's divisions are Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Denmark, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, North Ireland, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Scotland, Spain, St. Lucia, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad/Tobago, Turkey, Turks & Caicos.

With national and international television coverage expected, the viewership will be a major boost for this sport with United States annual participation of 12.1 million recreational players annually.

Under the auspices of the World Darts Federation (WDF), and hosted by the American Darts Organization (ADO), this event will have between 8,000 and 10,000 spectators on-site over the four day period. With 64 dartboards in action in the Grand Ballroom of the Blake Hotel in downtown Charlotte, NC, from 9 AM to 6 PM daily.

The U.S. Men's Team includes Steve Brown, St. Louis, Jim Widmayer, New York, Brian Blake and Ryan Barnett, both from North Carolina with all having high hopes of winning and/or placing very high in the world standings. Their play over the past two years has made all four of them strong contenders. Marilyn Popp, Delaware, and Stacy Bromberg, Las Vegas, are veterans of the U.S. Woman's Team (each with individual national and international titles) that will be strong challengers for the Woman's Title.

Buddy Bartoletta, President of the hosting ADO, commented, "I’m proud of the international support and of our membership that is putting this world class event in the position of being the benchmark for future events of this caliber. We will do our best to make their competition one that will be remembered for years to come."

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