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How the coronavirus shut down world sport

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Will Hopoate of the Bulldogs makes a break during the round two NRL match between the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium, in Sydney, Thursday, March 19, 2020. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) 

TIMELINE OF MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS POSTPONED BY CORONAVIRUS:

DECEMBER 31: A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan is first reported to the WHO Country Office in China.

JANUARY 25: The first case of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is reported in Australia after a Chinese man is admitted to a Melbourne hospital.

MARCH 12: NBA, NHL halts seasons. ATP suspended for six weeks. Australian women's cricket team tour of South Africa cancelled.

MARCH 13: World Health Organisation (WHO) declares the virus outbreak a pandemic. English Premier League suspends season until April 30. Melbourne Grand Prix cancelled along with F1's next three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China.

MARCH 14: Australia's ODI cricket series against New Zealand abandoned. Golf's Masters postponed indefinitely. Indian Premier League delayed until April 15.

MARCH 15: Super Rugby season suspended.

MARCH 16: Super League and the Rugby Football League suspend the season until April 3.

MARCH 17: NBL finals series cancelled after Sydney Kings withdraw from final series against Perth Wildcats. NSW declared Sheffield Shield winners after Cricket Australia suspends shield season. MLB postponed until at least mid-May. Tim Tszyu v Jeff Horn, scheduled for April 22, postponed.

MARCH 18: Euro 2020 pushed back to 2021. Copa America delayed until 2021. The PGA Championship scheduled for May 14-17 postponed. Supercars delay racing until June.

MARCH 19: The ATP and WTA extend suspension of their tours until June 7.

MARCH 21: The International Ice Hockey Federation cancels 2020 World Championship in Zurich and Lausanne.

MARCH 22: AFL season suspended until May 31, remainder of AFLW season cancelled.

MARCH 23: NRL suspends season, Australia pull out of Tokyo Olympics. Super Netball season deferred until at least June 30.

MARCH 24: A-League postponed. IOC member Dick Pound suggests Tokyo Olympics (scheduled to begin on June 24) be postponed until 2021. UEFA postpone Champions League final, Europa League final and Women's Champions League final.

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