Coronavirus continues to disrupt sporting events ©Getty Images

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has postponed all sporting events due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Concerns over the impact and spread of the coronavirus have led to numerous sporting events being either postponed or cancelled.

Qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 have been impacted, while the Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai and the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing have both been postponed, with the latter now set to take place a year later than planned.

The coronavirus outbreak - which has been given the official name of COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation - began in Chinese city Wuhan.

The death toll has risen to 1,380, according to Chinese authorities, while there are nearly 64,000 infections in the country.

The Philippines has had three confirmed cases.

The country also reported the first death from the virus recorded outside of China.

The other two people infected by coronavirus have recovered, according to authorities.

The Philippines is taking precautions over the coronavirus ©Getty Images
The Philippines is taking precautions over the coronavirus ©Getty Images

UAAP President Em Fernandez and executive director Rebo Saguisag have confirmed university sport events have been halted in the country due to the outbreak.

"The University Athletic Association of the Philippines upholds, in the highest regard, the well-being, health and safety of the League’s community players, coaches, students, their families and fans in general,” Fernandez said, according to CNN Philippines.

"In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the UAAP, after thorough deliberation by the Board of Trustees and the Board of Managing Directors, have come to a decision to postpone all sporting events starting Saturday (February 15).

"We ask for your understanding and your prayers for the safety of our community, our nation and all countries affected by this outbreak."

The UAAP says it will continue to monitor the outbreak and its impact in the country.