Nijman played a match in the Modus Icons of Darts League, an online tournament, against David Evans on May 14, 2020 and lost 4-0. The International Betting Integrity Association discovered that the right outcome of that game had been strikingly focused on and tipped off the DRA. The Dutchman immediately admitted to having made a mistake.
The outcome of the investigation and the punishment for Nijman followed on 14 October. The 20-year-old has been suspended for five years until August 17, 2025. However, the sentence can be shortened by 2.5 years, provided that Nijman is engaged in informing other players about his experiences and helps with anti-corruption. initiatives.
Nijman is going to work hard with those conditions, he confirms in his statement. “I will miss playing competitive darts, but will work hard to help the DRA and PDPA with education and anti-corruption initiatives,” he told RTL7 Darts.
Nijman also took the opportunity to apologize again. “I would like to start by reiterating my sincere regret and apologizing for the mistakes I made. I fully accept the outcome of my hearing,” he said.
In addition to Nijman, Kyle McKinstry was also accused of match fixing. He would have consciously lost two games. McKinstry initially denied the allegations and declined to cooperate with the DRA’s investigation. The Irishman was ultimately found guilty of all charges. His sentence will be announced later.
In the seventh ‘RTL Darts Bullseye, the podcast’ Co Stompé and Jacques Nieuwlaat talked about the situation of Wessel Nijman. “I would think it would be very clever if he came on top of this. Just step aside for two years.”
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