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I’m keen on becoming new BDO chief, says darts great Martin Adams

THREE-TIME world champion Martin Adams has revealed he would be interested in becoming chairman of the troubled British Darts Organisation.

The BDO has been beset by problems in recent times, with the World Championship taking place at London’s O2 Arena for the first time amid a backdrop of poor ticket sales and a cut in prize money.

Some of the leading players have called for the popular Adams (pictured above) to replace current chairman Des Jacklin at the helm of the BDO.

And Adams, 63, is clearly up for the challenge of trying to rescue the ailing organisation, saying his top priority would be to take the World Championship back to the Lakeside — where it was for more than three decades — and move the tournament from January to Easter.

‘If the BDO wanted me to do it, if the counties who vote in the chairman and the board wanted it, I’d probably give it a stab,’ Adams said. ‘I’d probably give it more than a stab to be honest.

‘I know what needs to be done. At the moment [BDO bosses] are not getting it right.’

Adams believes it was a mistake switching the BDO’s premier event away from Surrey’s Lakeside complex — where it had been since 1986 — and to the Indigo at the O2.

‘I think it was the wrong move,’ Adams said. ‘I can’t understand it. But it’s not my decision.

‘If I had the ability to drag it back there, I’d drag it back there now. The Lakeside is a special place for darts players and darts fans.’

Former England captain Adams, who lost in the second round to Scott Waites at this year’s event, has played in the BDO World Championship since 1994, and has become the most recognisable public figure involved on his side of the darts divide.

Adams doesn’t believe the tournament, which came to its climax with world title victories for Mikuru Suzuki and Wayne Warren, is best served any more by taking place in early January.

‘There’s been a battle of the World Championships over the years,’ Adams said. ‘The PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) in their wisdom decided to put their World Championship before ours. In the battle of the World Championships, I think they’ve won.

‘I would sit down and have a chat with (PDC chairman) Barry Hearn, and say, “look, this is silly, this battle of the World Championships is silly. You’ve won, well done, we’ll move ours”.

‘I think we’d both get good audiences. At this time of the year, there’s only so much money people have got to spend. They’ve gone to the tournament that’s there first. They’re saying sorry, the second one, I can’t afford it.

‘What should the BDO do? Let’s not play it in January, Let’s move it further into the year. Maybe Easter will be a good time. There’s a bank holiday at Easter. Me personally, I’d go for that as our final weekend.’