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Coronavirus latest: Timeline of sport's response on Tuesday, March 17

A range of sports have been affected by the pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic continued to affect the world of sport on Tuesday.

Here, the PA news agency recaps the day’s main developments as they unfolded.

3.45am – UFC president Dana White announced they had postponed their next three events – on March 21, March 28 and April 11 – after President Donald Trump said the US government would be taking further measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, including restricting gatherings to just 10 people.

7.30am – The Pakistan Super League was postponed ahead of Tuesday’s two semi-finals. The matches between Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi, and Karachi Kings against Lahore Qalandars, will be rescheduled.  English players Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara and Chris Jordan were among those expected to be involved in Lahore on Tuesday.

9.30am – Liverpool announced that the final Hillsborough memorial service, which was due to take place at Anfield on April 15, had been postponed. It was announced in February that the families of the 96 supporters who died 31 years ago had decided to hold a last service after former police match commander David Duckenfield was cleared of gross negligence manslaughter following a retrial in November.

9.33am – The first three Diamond League athletics meetings of the season – in Qatar (April 17) and China (May 9 and 16) – were suspended. The Wanda Diamond League said it hopes to be able to stage the planned meeting in Shanghai on August 13.

9.50am – Melrose postponed their annual rugby sevens completion in the wake of the coronavirus panic. This year’s event was due to be staged over the weekend of April 11 and 12 with Newcastle Falcons, the British Army and teams from France, Belgium and the Czech Republic taking part. But organisers have decided to shelve the tournament – the oldest rugby sevens competition in the world, dating back to 1883.

10.02am – British Swimming confirmed that the Diving World Series event scheduled for London later this month was postponed. The British Swimming Championships and the British Para-Swimming International Meet, both scheduled for April, have been cancelled.

10.23am – Snooker’s Coral Tour Championship, which was due to start in Llandudno on Tuesday, was postponed. The sport’s governing body, World Snooker Tour, had been hopeful that the event could take place behind closed doors.

10.51am – British Cycling announced it was suspending all sanctioned cycling activities until at least April 30 following the updated advice from the government. A number of local events, including the March Hare Classic at Lee Valley VeloPark, went ahead over the weekend, but British Cycling is now shutting down all its sanctioned events, including racing, recreational rides and education courses.

11.00am – Welsh Athletics suspended all activity until the end of April.

11.08am – The British Boxing Board of Control announced that “all public tournaments” under its jurisdiction have been cancelled, and the position will be reviewed in early April.

11.48am – England batsman Alex Hales has revealed he is in self-isolation after developing coronavirus symptoms. The 31-year-old returned home early from the Pakistan Super League on Saturday, and began feeling ill on Sunday. Hales is awaiting a test to confirm whether he has the virus.

12.18pm – The British Horseracing Authority announced that all racing in Britain would be suspended from Wednesday until the end of April due to the outbreak. The news follows Monday’s statement that British racing would initially be run behind closed doors until the end of March, while Jockey Club Racecourses announced that the Randox Health Grand National meeting had been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Tuesday’s scheduled meetings at Wetherby and Taunton will go ahead behind closed doors.

12.35pm – UEFA decided to postpone this summer’s European Championship until 2021 due to coronavirus, according to the Norwegian Football Federation. European football stakeholders convened on Tuesday to discuss the impact and fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. Euro 2020 has been chief among the topics and the widely-expected delay to the tournament was announced by Norway’s governing body.

1.45pm – Boxing promoters Matchroom announced the postponement of all their UK shows for March and April. The affected shows include Josh Kelly’s European title challenge to David Avanesyan in London on March 28, the April 4 Newcastle show including Lewis Ritson and Savannah Marshall, and the world title fight between Terri Harper and Natasha Jonas in Doncaster on April 24. Matchroom said the Newcastle show would be rescheduled for June 27, with Harper versus Jonas now taking place on an as-yet-unspecified date in the same month.

2.05pm – A statement from UEFA confirmed the postponement of Euro 2020, with the dates of June 11 to July 11, 2021 proposed. The official announcement from European football’s governing body also confirmed that the Euro 2020 play-offs, due to be played later this month, would now be played in the June 2020 international break. It also confirmed that the 2020 Copa America would also move to 2021 to enable South American players based in Europe the opportunity to finish their league campaigns.

3.55pm – French Open organisers announced that the tournament would move from its scheduled spring slot to September. The year’s second tennis grand slam was due to begin on May 24 but will now run from September 20 to October 4.

4.15pm – Three major cycling events – the Paris-Roubaix, the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege – were postponed, meaning two of the five biggest one-day ‘monument’ races will now not go ahead as planned.

4.40pm – England’s pre-Euro 2020 friendlies against Austria and Romania were called off. Gareth Southgate’s men were due to travel to Vienna for a friendly on June 2, before facing Romania at Villa Park on June 7.

4.56pm – The Tour de Yorkshire was added to the list of cycling events postponed due to the virus. “Following consultation with stakeholders and sponsors Welcome to Yorkshire and constructive discussions with both (the Amaury Sports Organisation) and British Cycling (both TDY race partners), all parties (are) in agreement that this is the right and responsible course of action,” a statement said.

5.03pm – The Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters, which had been scheduled to take place from April 30 until May 3 at Valderrama, became the sixth regular European Tour event to be postponed.

6.10pm – UEFA, the European Club Association, European Leagues and players’ representative body FIFPRO Europe signed a joint resolution aimed at “developing a united European approach in response to the global pandemic”. As a result, the Nations League Finals, the UEFA Under-21 European Championships and the Women’s Euro 2021 “will be re-scheduled accordingly”.

6.12pm – Wimbledon organisers said they were “continuing to plan” for the tournament, which is scheduled to run from June 29 to July 12, but acknowledged it remains “a continuously evolving situation”.

6.30pm – Leeds Rhinos director of rugby Kevin Sinfield confirmed that eight members of the first-team squad and backroom team were in self-isolation after showing symptoms of coronavirus.

6.34pm – Juventus and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi tested positive for the virus. Matuidi became the second Juve player to test positive after defender Daniele Rugani.

9.19pm – The Brooklyn Nets announce that four members of the playing squad tested positive for coronavirus. The Athletic revealed one of the infected players to be former league MVP Kevin Durant.

9.22pm – The US PGA Championship was postponed and is set to be “rescheduled for later this summer”. The event was scheduled for TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from May 11 to 17.

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