Peter Wright eyes 2028 World Darts Championship after ‘allowing others to win’

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    He may be one of the elder statesmen of the PDC but Peter Wright has no intention of retiring from darts anytime soon.

    In fact, Snakebite has mapped out the next five years and he intends to add three more world titles to the two already in his possession.

    After a difficult build-up to the 2023 World Championship, which saw his wife Jo spend time in hospital, Wright was knocked out in the third round by Kim Huybrechts at Alexandra Palace. The 52-year-old looked a shadow of the player who romped to his second world title just a year earlier, with even Huybrechts finding it difficult to claim too much satisfaction from the win.

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    The 2022 season was a difficult one in general for Wright, who had health problems of his own, having his gallbladder removed midway through the year.

    Jo was then rushed to A&E during November’s Grand Slam of Darts and although she was discharged before the Worlds, Wright admitted his preparation was far from ideal.

    “I just didn't have the right preparation,” he told Sport1 while attending an exhibition event in Germany over the weekend.

    “It was difficult with Jo. It was only two days before the World Championship that she was all right. And then it's just not enough time to prepare properly.”

    However, the world number two insists he still remains hungry for success and is already eyeing more Ally Pally glory over the next five years, although he is sportingly prepared to let some of his rivals taste glory too.

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    “I'm still hungry. I won in 2020 and 2022 and had set my sights on becoming world champion in 2024, 2026 and 2028 too,” he said.

    He then joked: “Then I will be world champion five times, in between others will be allowed to win.”

    On the 2023 Worlds, Wright insisted he felt sorry for Michael van Gerwen, who lost out to Michael Smith in a thrilling final.

    “I watched the final and was happy for Smith,” he said. “But I felt a bit sorry for Michael van Gerwen. He was the best player of the tournament but did not reach that level in the final.”

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