Sport at local, national and international level has been hit by more disruptions because of the coronavirus.
Some of the world’s biggest competitions have been forced to temporarily shut down as the planet tries to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Here’s a look at the latest developments.
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SATURDAY 9AM — CRICKET FIXTURES FALL LIKE DOMINOES
Hours after the Indian Premier League was postponed, several tours across the globe were also placed on hold due to ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus.
England’s tour of Sri Lanka, South Africa’s of India and Australia women’s of South Africa were among those to be postponed on Friday night.
England was playing a four-day tour match when, at the request of its cricket board, had its tour of Sri Lanka called off during play.
The first Test in Galle was scheduled to start on March 19, however, it’s understood the intention is for the series to be rescheduled instead
SATURDAY 7AM — MASTERS POSTPONED
After the prestigious Players Championship was cancelled, the annual Masters tournament has now been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Augusta National Golf Club has announced the 2020 Masters will be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
At this stage, no future date has been given.
The Masters had been scheduled for April 9-12.
“Considering the latest information and expert analysis, we have decided at this time to postpone the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals,” Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley wrote in a statement.
“Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision. We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date.”
SATURDAY MIDNIGHT — PREMIER LEAGUE SUSPENDED
The Premier League and the Champions League have been suspended.
The French and German leagues also dropped plans to play this weekend, placing all five of Europe’s biggest national competitions on hold.
Men’s Olympic qualifying also was suspended in soccer’s North and Central American and Caribbean region.
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FRIDAY — THE AUSSIE CODES
Australian sporting codes are shutting out fans after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the Formula One Grand Prix and other events.
The NRL will stage games from next weekend in empty stadiums after the federal government announced a ban on non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people, effective Monday.
The AFL’s men’s and women’s competitions will also be held with no fans attending.
Basketball authorities closed the NBL’s grand final series to spectators from Friday night’s game two. Andrew Bogut put on a first-half masterclass to inspire the Sydney Kings to a 97-83 victory over the Perth Wildcats.
Rugby union’s Super Rugby games in Australia will follow suit from next weekend while swimming’s hierarchy called off next month’s national championships.
Australia’s men’s cricket team began a one-day international against New Zealand in an empty Sydney arena on Friday, hours after the Australian Grand Prix became the first sporting event in the country cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Organisers stopped the season opener while spectators were queuing to enter Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit, their call coming after 14 people linked to the Grand Prix were tested – one, a McLaren team member, returning a positive.
Supercars races were also cancelled, while Super Netball’s pre-season tournament later this month was scrapped.
Australian sports had no choice but to follow leagues around the world in holding games without spectators or suspending competition after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the ban on non-essential mass gatherings.
— with AAP and AFP
FULL LIST: The sports impacted by coronavirus
AFL: Will still play games, but no crowds for Round 1
AFLW: Will still play games, but no crowds from Saturday March 14 onwatds
NRL: Business as usual for Round 2, but will play on with no crowds from Round 2 onwards
Super Rugby: Three Super Rugby games and two Super W matches will proceed as scheduled on Saturday and Sunday and be open to the public. But all Super Rugby and Super W matches in Australia beyond round seven will be played in closed venues until further notice.