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The Chinese Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) has temporarily suspended performance-enhancing drug testing because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The International Testing Agency (ITA) said in a press statement”it is indeed likely that this will have an impact on the testing missions in China.”

The national doping authority when the “situation improves.”

The World Anti-Doping Agency is assisting CHINADA.

Dozens of sporting events due to be held in China have been cancelled or relocated elsewhere.

Earlier this week the World Athletics Indoor Championships set to take place in Nanjing, China was postponed for a year.

More than 20,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in China alone. Approximately 425 people have died.