Chinese star joins Team Unicorn
19 December, 2017
Unicorn's investment in China has taken another big step forward with the signing of one of the country's top players.
Xiao Chen Zong joins darts' top team. It is all part of Unicorn's investment in the future.
The 19-year-old from Dandong is the future of darts in China, a market which is being targeted by the PDC. And he makes his debut on the biggest stage on Wednesday night against New Zealander Bernie Smith in the World Championship Preliminary Round. A win would see him play Justin Pipe in round one.
The Shanghai Darts Masters will again take place in July. Xiao played in this year's event losing to fellow Unicorn star James Wade in the 1st Round.
He is the second Chinese player to join Team Unicorn following in the footsteps of Yuan Jun Liu.
Unicorn Managing Director Edward Lowy said: "He is a very promising player. An emerging talent in China. He has done really well to qualify for the World Championship and whatever happens, it will be great experience for the future."
And this week Team Unicorn three-times World Champion John Part is giving Xiao a special coaching session ahead of his World Championship clash. The Canadian will passing on all his vast knowledge and helping the young Chinese ace to prepare for his big night.
Former World Champ Bob Anderson has also be involved in helping the stars of the future in his ambassadorial role with Unicorn and Part's help is another step to helping with the growth of the sport in China.
Story from STUART PYKE in London