Olympic darts the only thing that would tempt Phil 'The Power' Taylor back

Phil Taylor says only the prospect of winning gold at an Olympic Games could persuade him to reverse his retirement from darts, as he prepares to bring an end to a career of unparallelled success.

Darts' most recognisable and decorated figure, 16-time world champion Taylor is set to depart the professional circuit following this year's PDC World Championship, which begins at London's Alexandra Palace on Thursday.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the 57-year-old was asked if he might be tempted to return at next year's World Championship.

"I'd come back if it [darts] gets into the Olympics," Taylor replied. "There is the gold medal. Otherwise, no.

"It's the perfect time for me. Everything goes with age - your eyesight, your energy levels.

"I shouldn't be competing against Michael [van Gerwen, the reigning world champion] and Jelle Klaasen. I would have smashed anybody if I was their age."

Never one to be short of confidence, 'The Power' was typically bullish when questioned on who would win a final between himself at his peak and Van Gerwen at his best.

"I would have done him," said Taylor, who faces Chris Dobey in the first round of the World Championship on Friday. "Trust me. I would have done him mentally."

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