Hoping that an inspired performance could provide an infusion
“My preparations have been extensive, everything went well and it is just for me to deliver it right now,” Caribbean and South American representative to the Ladbrooke.com World Darts Championship Norman Madhoo disclosed to Kaieteur Sport shortly before his departure for London, England yesterday.
Madhoo was referring to his preparations and his chance of doing well at the most prestigious tournament which will be played from December 18 to January 3, at the Alexandra Palace where most of the world top players are expected to participate for total prize money of 1million pounds with the winner guaranteed 125,000, while each competitor is assured 3,000.
Madhoo became the first Guyanese to compete at the tournament in 2003-04 and is going back for his second trip following on the heels of another local Sudesh Fitzgerald, who competed at the event last year which makes it two years in a row that Guyana will be fielding the Caribbean and South America representative.
Madhoo said that he is expected to arrive in London today via stops in Trinidad & Tobago and St. Lucia and opens his quest for the title on Sunday against North American qualifier Ken McNeil with the survivor going on to engage 12th ranked Englishman Alan Talbern in the next round.
According to the champion playing at the World Tournament is always a daunting prospect, especially when you consider that the arena holds around 2,500 spectators and an additional worldwide television audience of 16 million viewers anticipated to watch.
He added that all the hours of practice have really boosted his confidence, revealing that he has never before trained so hard for a tournament.
“I would rate this time as the best I’ve ever prepared and I’ve seen the results and now I know why the top players train so hard,” Madhoo said.
Madhoo said that he is really eager to do well which according to him could help attract the spotlight to the sport, a feature that is sorely missing right now.
“I hope persons would see the level that I’ve reached and a good showing could very well help stimulate more interest in a sport that is very inexpensive to play as well as catch the attention of sponsors,” Madhoo trusted.
He believed that people here are ignorant of the fact that the sport is very big worldwide and he is hoping that an inspired performance by him could provide a clearer understanding of the magnitude of the sport internationally.
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