Phil Taylor wants to see darts become an Olympic sport

PDC World Champion Phil Taylor

Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor says he would be "chuffed to bits" if darts became an Olympic sport.

Former British Olympic Association director of sport Sir Clive Woodward supported such views during Taylor's final against Michael van Gerwen.

Woodward said on Twitterexternal-link: "Darts is definitely an Olympic sport. Look at the fans, TV coverage, audience and real skill under pressure."

"You'd have a good atmosphere, it'd be exciting to watch," Taylor said.

Taylor, 53, came from behind to beat Dutchman Van Gerwen 7-4 at Alexandra Palace and claim a 16th world title.

Darts is not one of the seven sports bidding to be admitted to the Olympic Games in 2020, but Taylor admits he would be delighted if it happened in the future.

"If we got in there [the Olympics] I'd be chuffed to bits," he told BBC Sport. "I don't think it'll be in my lifetime but you never know.

"I think the problem is, if you put darts in there, then another sport has got to drop out and I don't think that's fair. They've been there and we're taking their place, I suppose."