If darts became an official game, players and trainers would be eligible for grants, but not for the acquisition of a beer belly. The money would go on promotion and "high-class training". The sports minister acted after professional dart-player Bobby George approached Bob Russell MP, the Liberal Democrat sports spokesman, about the lack of official recognition for the game.
Mr Russell said: "Recognition of darts as a sport would be a big boost for one of Britain's most popular leisure activities, with the prospect of qualifying for official financial support - and even the possibility of Olympic participation." He is now putting down an early day motion calling for a Commons debate on granting official status to darts. "He's hoping for 'a hundred and eighty' signatures," said a Lib-Dem aide.Reuse content