The IWRF has extended the suspension of its events indefinitely ©IWRF

The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) has confirmed there will not be any sanctioned international competitions in the sport this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A medical advisory group has been established by the IWRF to "develop wheelchair rugby specific recommendations related to return to train and play", the worldwide body said.

The IWRF Board of Directors has decided to extend the suspension of its sanctioned events and official travel indefinitely in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The IWRF said the suspension will be "revisited periodically" by its Board of Directors.

There will not be any IWRF-sanctioned events in 2020 ©Getty Images
There will not be any IWRF-sanctioned events in 2020 ©Getty Images

"As Governments start to relax isolation requirements and the restrictions on the movement of people due to COVID-19, member nations should at minimum follow their respective national Governmental guidance provided in relation to sporting activities, to ensure the safety and well-being of athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers," the IWRF said.

The coronavirus pandemic had ground sport to a near complete halt across the world before Governments began to ease measures and started to allow certain sports to resume.

It also caused the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and forced International Federations into a considerable reshuffle of their major events.

According to latest figures, more than 400,000 people have died from COVID-19 and more than 7.1 million people have been infected worldwide.