No more walk-on girls escorting dart players at games

first_imgDarts players will no longer be accompanied at tournaments by “walk-on girls” after pressure from broadcasters and fans.The practice of models escorting male players on to the stage will cease, starting with this weekend’s Masters tournament in Milton Keynes. “We regularly review all aspects of our events and this move has been made following feedback from our host broadcasters,” said a Professional Darts Corporation spokesperson.ITV said it was consulted about the change. “We fully endorse this move,” a spokesman said.The change was predicted last year by world No 1 and two-time world champion Michael van Gerwen, who said the days of walk-on girls were numbered.However, more than 6,000 fans have signed a petition calling for their return.The Women’s Sports Trust, which champions women in sport, supported the move and called on other sports to take notice.It tweeted: Women’s Sport Trust (@WomenSportTrust)We applaud the Professional Darts Corporation moving with the times and deciding to no longer use walk-on-girls. Motor Racing, Boxing and Cycling….your move. https://t.co/ZHgpBduTGRJanuary 27, 2018 Reuse this content Share via Email Support The Guardian Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger newscenter_img Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Darts Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Women UK newslast_img