Coronavirus impacts sports events industry

A health worker checks the temperature of a man entering the subway in Beijing (by Betsy Joles/Getty Images)

The coronavirus has begun to impact the sports industry with Olympic qualifying tournaments in football, boxing and basketball, as well as cycling and tennis events, among the competitions either rescheduled or cancelled amid the growing crisis in China.

Chinese authorities have today (Monday) extended the national new year holiday by three days to Sunday as the number of people killed by the new virus rose to 81, with almost 3,000 confirmed ill. Over the weekend and into today, sports bodies have begun to tackle the impact of the virus on their events.

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