Two darts professionals have called for stricter drug testing for those competing in the sport.
At the moment, those playing darts are only given drugs tests at tournaments. But darts champions Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson think that more regular, random testing could help darts become recognised as an Olympic sport.
Mr Van Gerwen, who won 25 titles last year and is the newly crowned world champion, said he would be happy to take a drug test at any time.
He said: “I am tested three or four times a year. It’s not a lot.
“I hope I get tested. I don’t mind. I don’t have anything to hide.”
He added: “Testing at home is the next step. Everybody needs to give a little bit to make darts more professional.”
Players want more regular screening
His thoughts on drug testing were echoed by Gary Anderson, who was the world champion in both 2015 and 2016,
He said: “Not to my knowledge have they turned up at my home, but I am a great believer that they should — 24/7 you should be getting a knock at the door to be tested. If anyone does get caught out, on you go, that is your career ended.”
Drug testing is commonplace in competitive sport and is designed to ensure participants are not taking illegal substances or any form of medication which could give them an unfair advantage over their opponents.
However drug and alcohol testing can also be used by employers to ensure staff are not misusing substances and to maintain a safe working environment. If an employee comes to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are more likely to make mistakes or become involved in a workplace accident.
Substance misuse issues can also lead to increased absences from work, which can affect a business’s profits and productivity. Random testing can identify individuals who are abusing drugs and alcohol and tests can also be carried out on specific staff members where concerns have been raised about their behaviour or performance.
Pre-employment screening is used by some companies as part of their recruitment process in a bid to avoid hiring staff who misuse drugs or alcohol.