China's first Winter X Games event has been postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country ©Getty Images

China's first Winter X Games event has been postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. 

Ski and snowboard big air, slopestyle and halfpipe competition was due to take place at the Genting Resort Secret Garden in Chongli from February 21 to 23. 

The event has now been postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus, which, according to latest figures, has infected more than 5,000 people around the world and killed 131 in China. 

"Due to the ongoing coronavirus concerns, the X Games Chongli 2020 event will be postponed until a later date," said ESPN, creator of the X Games. 

"The safety of our athletes, staff and spectators is our top priority, and we will continue to closely monitor the situation."

Genting Resort Secret Garden is planned to be used for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. 

ESPN and Chinese action sports platform REnextop Entertainment signed a multi-year hosting agreement to stage events in China in January 2019. 

The first X Games China event featured summer sport disciplines and was held in June in Shanghai.

A number of other sporting events have been affected by coronavirus, with February's International Ski Federation Alpine Ski World Cup event in Yanqing the most recent to be cancelled. 

Belgrade in Serbia will now host a women's Basketball Olympic Qualifying Tournament after it was moved from Chinese city Foshan, while next month's Asian Indoor Athletics Championships will not be held in Hangzhou.

The Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 Asian Qualifiers were relocated to Sydney, with the Chinese team currently in quarantine in Brisbane. 

Chinese ice hockey clubs from the Supreme Hockey League have been told to play their home games in Russia due to the outbreak, while wrestling's Asian Olympic Qualifier is under threat in Xi'an.

World Athletics are also under pressure to decide quickly on the future of the World Athletics Indoor Championships, due to take place in Nanjing in March.   

Tennis has moved an Asia/Oceania event in the Fed Cup from Dongguan to Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan. 

Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium, which is due to host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the 2022 Winter Games, has been closed.