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Richie George: 'Diabetes battle made me strong'

English darts player Richie George says that his problems with diabetes have made him "a stronger character".

Richie George has revealed that his lifelong battle against diabetes has made him a "stronger" person.

The English darts player was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 14.

"I became really ill when I first got it," the Daily Star quotes the 23-year-old as saying. "I was diagnosed late.

"When I think back, I could have died if I hadn't been diagnosed when I did. So, in a way, I would say it has made me a stronger character.

"I know that Steve Douglas (who suffered a heart attack) has had his health problems this year and that has made him a stronger person, too. It is only a game of darts, at the end of the day – your health is far more important."

George will take on Jan Dekker in the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championships on Friday.


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