THE National Basketball Association have suspended their season “until further notice” after a player tested positive for the coronavirus.
It is reported in the US that French Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert is the player who tested positive for Covid-19.
Tests were carried out on players shortly before tip-off between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, which was eventually cancelled.
One player tested positive after a preliminary test and the league moved to suspend all games until deciding on their next course of action.
In a short statement, the league said: “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice.
“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Players from both teams are currently quarantined inside the Thunder’s Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Golden State Warriors announced that their game against the Brooklyn Nets would be played behind closed doors.
The city of San Francisco had put in place a two-week ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.
The sporting world has been rocked by the virus in the last 48 hours, with numerous games being played behind closed doors and other matches and events being suspended.
The virus has now officially been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
English football could be played behind closed doors from next week, even if they continue as planned this weekend.