Darts has been officially recognised as a sport by all of the sports councils in the United Kingdom.
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Sport England recognised darts as a sporting activity in March and Sport Wales, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Scotland have now followed suit.
"Recognition will allow us the right to apply for Sports Council and Lottery grants," said Olly Croft of the British Darts Organisation.
"This is one of the greatest days in the history of darts."