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Timeline: How the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the world of sport today

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Security guards wearing face masks at Croke Park in Dublin where the stadium is being used as a testing facility for Covid-19. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Security guards wearing face masks at Croke Park in Dublin where the stadium is being used as a testing facility for Covid-19. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Security guards wearing face masks at Croke Park in Dublin where the stadium is being used as a testing facility for Covid-19. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the world of sport on Wednesday.

Keep up to date on the day's main developments as they unfold.

12.31pm: Kenya's athletics authority ordered the closure of training camps and clubs due to the coronavirus outbreak, a move that threatens the ability of the country's athletes to prepare for the Olympic Games which are scheduled to begin in July.

12.24pm: The Leeds round of the World Triathlon Series, due to take place on June 6 and 7, has been postponed. World series races in Abu Dhabi and Bermuda have already been called off, with all triathlon activities postponed until the end of April, although the race in Yokohama scheduled for May 16-17 is currently still on the calendar. Organisers of the Leeds event are hoping to be able to reschedule.

11.59am: The Australian rules football season will commence on Thursday despite the coronavirus outbreak, with the AFL announcing the opening fixture between Richmond and Carlton at the MCG to take place behind closed doors on Thursday evening.

11.33am: European captain Pádraig Harrington expects this year's Ryder Cup - the biennial contest between Europe and the United States - to take place at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin from September 25-27.

11.0am: Mayo GAA has suspended its financial levy on clubs for the months of March and April in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

9.21am: John Obi Mikel has his Trabzonspor contract terminated by mutual consent after the former Chelsea midfielder took to Instagram to protest that matches in Turkey were still going ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic.

9.09am: Crystal Palace offer staff assurances over pay during the outbreak. Chairman Steve Parish says employees who are affected by coronavirus will still receive full pay, while insisting matchday staff who have lost work due to the suspension of the league will not be out of pocket.

8.31am: Japan is not making any preparations to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics, the government's top spokesman said on Wednesday, stressing Tokyo's resolve to host the event as scheduled despite the widening coronavirus outbreak.

7.29am: The Artistic Gymnastics All-Around World Cup event scheduled to take place in Tokyo next month is cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The competition had been due to serve as an Olympic test event, but Tokyo 2020 organisers still hope to carry out an "operational test" on the same dates.

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