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Coronavirus latest: Timeline of sport's response on Tuesday, March 24

Coronavirus latest: Timeline of sport's response on Tuesday, March 24
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More sporting events were postponed.

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

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

(All times GMT)

0818 – The Tokyo 2020 organising committee announced they will hold an executive board meeting on Monday, March 30 before staging a press conference.

0919 – This season’s European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup semi-finals and finals were postponed, tournament organisers European Professional Club Rugby announced.

0921 – The German Olympic Committee (DOSB) said the postponement of the Tokyo Games is “long overdue”.

1229 – Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina said he believes he has overcome coronavirus but was not tested for his symptoms.

1241 – The Tokyo Olympics were postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced.

1246 – A joint statement from the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organising committee confirmed that the Games must be rescheduled to a new date beyond 2020 but no later than the summer of 2021.

1505 – Three more nights of Premier League action were postponed by the Professional Darts Corporation. The events in Manchester, Berlin and Birmingham, originally scheduled for April 16, 23 and 30, will now take place on September 24, September 3 and July 30 respectively.

1633 – All sporting events in Ireland, including those behind closed doors, were cancelled following an announcement by the Irish Government. Racing had been continuing to stage meetings behind closed doors since March 13. The Football Association of Ireland extended its suspension of all football until April 19 following the decision.

1730 – The Football Association is weighing up telling all clubs below the National League North and South that their season must end immediately. A statement from the Essex Senior League confirming the decision to end the season was, in fact, premature, but the PA news agency understands clubs are braced for the campaigns to be halted.

1841 – British Athletics announced the suspension of all athletics activity within the UK had been extended to May 31.

1855 – Portsmouth confirmed a fifth member of their squad had tested positive for the virus. The League One club said Ross McCrorie, on loan from Rangers, is now self-isolating.

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