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Fighting a battle: James Wade reveals bipolar episode ahead of victory over Seigo Asada and 'hurt him' interview

James Wade during his match against Seigo Asada.
James Wade during his match against Seigo Asada.

Darts star James Wade has apologised for his actions after his PDC World Darts Championship victory over Japanese player Seigo Asada on Wednesday night.

Wade also revealed he had been battling a hypomania episode in the lead-up to the game.

Wade, who has been diagnosed with bipolar and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and joined Bipolar UK as a patron back in 2015.

Hypomania is a mood state linked with bipolar disorder that is characterised by persistent euphoria and a lack of inhibition or regard for social conventions.

After overcoming qualifier Asada 3-2, he told Sky Sports: "I kept giving it to him, I wanted to hurt him, I wanted to really hurt him in his face. It wasn't a great game but I wanted to hurt him and I wanted to progress. That's for my son, and also for the UK."

However, Wade, who will play Jelle Klaasen or Keegan Brown in the next round, has apologised unreservedly.

"I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise for my actions last night," he said. "Seigo Asada is a great player and I would like to say sorry to him, the fans and the PDC.

"Anyone that has followed my professional career will know that this was very out of character for me and I am disappointed in myself with the way I acted both on stage and in my interviews after the match.

"I was fighting a battle with myself before I even got on the stage due to a hypo mania episode which can happen to me at any time and no-one is more upset than I am about what happened. I would like to again apologise and hope that people can understand how remorseful I am."

Wade's actions had been condemned by former player Wayne Mardle, who was working as a pundit.

"Does he mean he wanted to punch him in his face? What does he mean? I'm absolutely lost for words," said Mardle.

"That's just not on. The intimidation, overly aggressive, I hope he wakes up in the morning and thinks, 'I've made a mistake there'.

"He can't think that's right and no-one watching it can think it's right. That's thuggish behaviour, there's no place in darts for that."

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