Timeline of sport’s response to coronavirus on Sunday, March 15

By PA Sport Staff
PA Media: Sport

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

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

8.40am – Rugby Australia closes its Sydney headquarters for an “intensive clean” after two members of its Australian Sevens program showed signs and symptoms associated with coronavirus.

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11.44am – Leeds Rhinos announce they will conduct all media previews by telephone ahead of Friday’s scheduled Super League match against St Helens.

12.13pm – Ezequiel Garay becomes the first LaLiga player to announce that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The Valencia defender revealed the news on his Instagram account, writing: “I’ve tested positive for the coronavirus, I feel great and now all that’s left is to listen to the health authorities. For the moment, I have to be isolated.”

12.56pm – Valencia issue a statement confirming that five positive cases have been detected among members of the first team and club staff, including former Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala.

14.08pm – The Rugby Football League repeats its threat to punish Leeds Rhinos for calling off their Saturday’s Super League game at Catalans Dragons – despite fears that the club had been struck by coronavirus.

14.37pm – The Vitality Netball Superleague suspends all fixtures with immediate effect.

14.39pm – World cycling’s governing body, the UCI, says all its events will be postponed until at least April 3 – including imminent Olympic qualifiers for BMX and mountain-biking.

15.27pm – The Gallagher Premiership rugby union season is suspended, the PA news agency understands.

18.08pm – The British Horseracing Authority announces racing is set to move “behind closed doors later in the week, initially until the end of March”.

19.58pm – Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina says he will ask UEFA to postpone Euro 2020 to allow time to complete the Serie A season. He told Sportsmediaset: “We will try to get to the end of this championship because it is fairer and more correct after the many investments and sacrifices of our clubs.”

21.20pm – Organisers announce that the remainder of the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena in London will take place behind closed doors.

22.01pm – Super League club Toronto Wolfpack stand down their UK-based playing staff after four players present with “mild possible” coronavirus symptoms and are put into self-isolation.

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