Nine players from Asia will qualify for the 2023/24 World Darts Championship, with details confirmed ahead of the PDC Asian Tour's debut weekend in Mongolia.
The sport's growth across Asia in recent years has been aided by the introduction of the PDC Asian Tour - which returns to a full circuit in 2023 - alongside the PDC Asian Championship, which is being staged for a second time this October.
The year's fifth PDC Asian Tour weekend will be held on May 27-28 in Ulaanbaatar, with Events 13-15 being held - which includes streaming coverage through PDCTV from the Last 16 onwards in each tournament.
Further weekends have been confirmed as follows
Events 16-18 in Singapore on July 1-2
Events 19-21 in Thailand on July 29-30
One further weekend TBC
The PDC Asian Championship will then be held from October 5-8 at the Kaikyo Messe Shimonoseki in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi.
A total of nine places for Asian players will be available in the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace in London.
The top four players from the final 2023 PDC Asian Tour Order of Merit will qualify automatically for the World Darts Championship.
The PDC Asian Championship winner and runner-up will also qualify, and if either or both players have already qualified from the PDC Asian Tour Order of Merit then the place(s) would be passed to the next-best-placed non-qualified player from the PDC Asian Championship (split by PDC Asian Tour OOM if required using standard PDC countback rules).
In addition, if no Japanese player reaches the PDC Asian Championship final, the best-placed non-qualified Japanese player from the PDC Asian Championship will also qualify for the World Championship, with any ties to be split by PDC Asian Tour OOM if required using standard PDC countback rules. If one or both of the PDC Asian Championship finalists are Japanese, this place will pass to the PDC Asian Tour Order of Merit.
The final two places will be taken by qualifiers from the PDC China Premier League to be staged from June-August, and an Indian Qualifier from an event to take place later in 2023.
A further development will see a rolling 12-month Order of Merit introduced for qualification for places in the 2024 World Cup of Darts, which will include prize money won from 2023 PDC Asian Tour Events 13-24 as well as tournaments in the first part of 2024.
The winner of the PDC Asian Championship will also qualify for the 2023 Grand Slam of Darts, with Christian Perez having competed in Wolverhampton last year.