November 30, 2021

Lorient. After the Covid, the game of darts is booming again. Sport

The darts ? First of all, a story of friendship and the pleasure of meeting up with friends around the target. “It’s a real family”, sums up Philippe le Postec, known to everyone within the Lorient Bras d’Or association, as a “bibi”. He started it just twenty years ago. He was the owner of the Bi Bistrot, rue de Liège, in Lorient (Morbihan). “There were four of us at the start”, today LA Bras d’or, with 45 members, has become one of the best clubs in France, with five league titles… And in its ranks the “Messi” of the dart, Thibault Tricole, n ° 1 French and No. 3 worldwide. “He’s our star. Our showcase ”, insists Philippe le Postec.

Thibault, 32, recent winner of the Danish Open has, by his presence, given this weekend even more flavor to the celebration of the 20 years of the club. A birthday marked, Friday evening, at the Lorient sports hall, by the gentlemen’s tournament.

All friends

Ninety-six guests, “All friends”, from all over France competed there in pairs. Thibault teamed up with the former goalkeeper, Fabien Audard, deputy mayor for sports. The former football pro was a complete novice. “I never played. But I’m hot ”, he jokes, after his first spurts. By explaining wishing above all “ support the association, have a good time and support an event that attracts people. “

The tournament took place Friday evening, in pairs. © WEST-FRANCE

The weekend which continued on Saturday with a tournament in doubles had the flavor of a rebirth, after two years of health crisis and activity at a standstill. “Today we are just waiting for the green light from the league to resume competitions”, underlines Nicolas Longin, secretary of the club. Thibault Tricole had been stopped in his tracks in January 2020, after a victory on the Isle of Man, by the start of confinement. But he never stopped training at his home in Malguénac near Pontivy and found his way back to major international tournaments. He must travel to Wales on Tuesday.

“Manage your emotions”

The young man had discovered darts at 12, with his father. « Semi-pro », He is now dedicated to it full time. His recipe for playing well? “It’s the mind that makes the difference. You have to work on your confidence and know how to manage your emotions ”.

Winning or losing didn’t really matter on Friday night though. “We all know each other. The game of darts is the only sport where everyone kisses each other, insist Yann and Maxime, who came from Plévin. Today, it’s especially great to get together and make darts known. “