Swakopmund in Namibia had been due to host the meetings ©Getty Images

Meetings of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Executive Committee and Council have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Both meetings were due to take place in Swakopmund in Namibia.

The Executive Committee was scheduled to meet on May 26 and 27, while the Council was supposed to hold a two-day meeting on the following two days.

The FIG said it was in discussion with local organisers over the possibility of finding new dates for the meetings.

More than 30,000 people have died as a result of COVID-19 and most countries have implemented strict travel restrictions, while group gatherings have been discouraged and in many cases banned as people are urged to practice social distancing.

Like most sports, the gymnastics calendar has been decimated by the pandemic.

The Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships - originally scheduled from May 29 to 31 in Switzerland - is one of numerous events to have been postponed.

World Cup legs in Uzbekistan, Italy, Qatar, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan have all been postponed - many without new dates yet announced.

World Cup events in Britain, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Belgium and Switzerland have already been cancelled, with re-arranging them not seen as a viable option.

The European Union of Gymnastics had also been forced into cancelling a series of events.

Four European Championships have been axed in light of the outbreak - all had been scheduled for April and May.

The European Gym for Life Challenge, planned to take place in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik from July 11 to 16, has been postponed.