A women's golf event due to take place in China in March has been cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

The LPGA Tour's Blue Bay event, due to be staged on Hainan Island from 5-8 March, has been removed from the schedule.

It follows the decision taken by World Athletics earlier in the week to postpone its World Indoors Championships in Nanjing until next year, while the start of China's domestic football season has also been delayed.

A statement from the LPGA on Friday read: "Any time you cancel an event, it is a difficult decision and we appreciate how hard our title partner (Blue Bay), IMG, the China LPGA and the China Golf Association have worked to host an incredible event.

"The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority. While we are disappointed that the tournament won't take place this season, we look forward to going back to Blue Bay in 2021 and for many years to come."

Chinese health officials said on Friday morning the death toll in the country from the virus had risen to 213, up from 170 a day earlier, with the number of known cases rising from 7,711 to 9,692.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an international public health emergency on Thursday.

Motor racing's world governing body the FIA is "closely monitoring" the outbreak as question marks continue to surround Formula One's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on 19 April.

The men's European Tour has stated that the Volvo China Open golf tournament in Shenzhen, scheduled for 23-26 April remains on its schedule as things stand.

Football's world governing body FIFA says it is monitoring the situation in China, with the nation due to play two 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March, at home to the Maldives on 25 March and away to Guam on 31`March.

An Olympic women's football qualifying event featuring China will go ahead in Australia, but with an amended schedule, Football Federation Australia has announced.

The Chinese team are currently being held in isolation in Brisbane until 5 February. They will play Thailand on 6 February, Chinese Taipei on 9 February while an additional date - 12 February - has been added to accommodate the fixture between China and Australia.