The PA news agency reports that the Bosnian football federation has contacted UEFA requesting a postponement of their Euro 2020 play-off match against Northern Ireland on 26 March.

A statement on the Bosnian association website on Wednesday night said: "The FF BH administration is in constant contact with UEFA, and according to the latest information the play-off matches will not be postponed due to the impossibility of setting new dates in the competition calendar.

"Accordingly, the FF BH expects further instructions from UEFA and will respect all recommendations, orders and instructions of the competent authorities regarding holding public events in Bosnia and Herzegovina."

The Republic of Ireland are due to play the winner of the Bosnia and Northern Ireland game in a final play-off for Euro 2020, should they overcome Slovakia in their first tie.

All soccer matches in Spain's top division, La Liga, have been suspended for two weeks over fears of the spread of the coronavirus, the league's organising body said in a statement on Thursday.

EuroLeague Basketball announced it has suspended its competitions until further notice due to the outbreak, while the sport's international governing body FIBA has suspended its competitions from Friday onwards.

Any decision to delay the Olympics should be made before May, an organising committee board member told Japanese broadcaster TBS, as doubts over the Summer Games grow.

Tokyo 2020 executive board member Haruyuki Takahashi's comments came just hours after its chief, Yoshiro Mori, publicly chided him for remarks he first made to the Wall Street Journal that a delay of one or two years would be the most reasonable option if the coronavirus derailed the Games.

The Japanese and Tokyo metropolitan governments, local organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have all sought to quash persistent speculation that the Games could be cancelled or postponed.

Mori called Takahashi's suggestion "outrageous", while on Thursday, Tokyo's governor, Yuriko Koike, said she believed cancellation was not an option, although she acknowledged that the pandemic label would affect future discussions.

Speaking to TBS after Mori's news conference, Takahashi said: "If you think about the athletes, May would seem too late" to make a decision on any delay, according to the broadcaster. "We need to think about taking the first step, before the IOC."

He added that the organising committee would probably discuss postponement at its next meeting later this month, TBS reported.

Takahashi and the Tokyo 2020 media office did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

The World Health Organization (WHO) described the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic for the first time, prompting more countries to announce drastic measures.

US President Donald Trump suspended travel from Europe, except for the UK and Ireland, for 30 days starting Friday, and hard-hit Italy tightened its lockdown.

One of the most common strategies to contain the coronavirus is to avoid large gatherings, and major sporting events around the world have been cancelled or held without spectators.

The US National Basketball Association said it was suspending the season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the virus.

As of Wednesday, Japan had 620 cases and 15 deaths, excluding people on a cruise ship that was quarantined near Yokohama last month, according to the health ministry.

Experts say the tally may be deceptively low due to the limited number of tests in Japan compared with many other countries.