Russia's sporting resurgence is homing in on a new target - and world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova aims to hit the bull's-eye in her efforts to promote darts in her homeland. The 24-year-old from Tver has almost single-handedly put the country on the darting map, winning the Ladies World Championships in 2008 and making history as the first woman to compete in the men's event in London last December. Now she's planning to help promote the sport back in Russia with a series of events in the pipeline this spring.
The aim is to set up some high-profile exhibition matches in Russia, while encouraging schoolchildren to take up the sport through a new scheme aimed at improving kids' maths, which is currently running in about 100 British schools. And Dobromyslova believes there is huge potential for darts to emulate tennis and transform itself from a niche sport to a market leader across the country. (full article...)