Surfing has also been affected by Coronavirus

The World Surf League has cancelled all of its competitions in March, including the season-opening 2020 championship tour event on the Gold Coast in Australia.

 Surfing has also been affected, with the World Surf League deciding to cancel all events for the rest of March, including the opening event of the year in the men's Championship Tour, scheduled for Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast from March 26.

"We did not take this decision lightly as we are aware that it has a significant impact on the surfing community," the WSL said in a statement.

"However, the health and safety of our athletes, fans, and staff are paramount. From the standpoint of social responsibility, we also take very seriously the role our events might play in accelerating the spread of the virus.

"We've been in close contact with our athletes and we feel strongly that this is the right thing to do right now."

The WSL said it was "closely monitoring and evaluating the status" of upcoming events, including the next Championship Tour event at Bells Beach in Victoria.

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