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WELCOME HOME, ILAGAN & PEREZ

Updated September 16, 2021
 
 
Fresh from the recently concluded Cazoo World Cup of Darts in Jena, Germany, both players are now in their 14-day quarantine as dictated by the travel protocols of the IATF.

Ilagan and Perez represented the Philippines at this year’s World Cup where Scotland’s Peter Wright and John Henderson emerged as winners. Sadly, the Philippine delegation lost to Austria’s Rowby Rodriguez and Mensur Suljovic, 5.-1 in the first round.

Despite the upset, the National Darts Federation of the Philippines recognizes the struggles and sacrifices that both Ilagan and Perez had to undergo in order to represent the country in the World Cup of Darts. Here’s sharing a few information on Ilagan and Perez’ journey to the World Cup of Darts.

Travelling to the Opposite Side of the World Within a Pandemic
The team was scheduled to fly out of Manila via Singapore Airlines at 4.40PM, September 6th. However, due to the pandemic and the tedious international travel protocols, they were already at the airport as early as 10:00 AM. The journey entailed a 4-hours flight to Singapore, a 4-hours layover, and another 13 hours flight to Frankfurt in Germany. They safely landed at Frankfurt airport at 6:30 AM (12:30 PM Manila Time, September 7th). After clearing immigration and health protocols at the airport, the team took a 3-hour train ride to Erfurt where they transferred to another train for a 30-minute ride to Jena. From there, they took a short taxi ride to their hotel near the Sparkassen Arena – the World Cup’s venue. That’s over 29 hours of travel, one way, in the midst of this pandemic.

Unbeknownst to many, Ilagan and Perez hurdled through several problems before boarding their train to Frankfurt - hours before taking another 29-hour trip back to the Philippines.

14-Day Quarantine
Upon arrival from Germany, the two are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine. That’s 10 days at a hotel accredited by the Philippine Bureau of Quarantine, and 4 days at home. They will undergo RT-PCR Swab Test on the 7th day, to which we all hope will yield a negative result.

Away From Home
Aside from the long and tiring travel hours to and from Germany, our players needed to be away from their family and loved ones for a long period of time. 3 weeks prior to their scheduled departure, Perez already flew to Manila from Koronadal to finalize their visa application papers and spent over a week in Tacloban with Ilagan for their skills training and team building. For the course of this time, Ilagan had to leave his wife and pottery business, while Perez had to be away from his wife and 2 kids for nearly a month and a half.

Participation to international tournaments isn’t all just glory and fame. There are sacrifices and risks involved – and we hope that the darting community will also recognize that. Let us continue supporting our dart athletes, win or lose.
We also take this opportunity to thank the members of Darterong Pinoy UK for sharing the Filipino hospitality to our players while in Germany.

To Lourence Ilagan and Christian Perez, welcome home, rest, and catch up on lost time with your family and loved ones. Most of all, THANK YOU for your passion and commitment to darts and to our country, the Philippines.

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