RIYADH / ABU DHABI / KUWAIT CITY / BAGHDAD 

Saudi Arabia has postponed all sports events due to the coronavirus outbreak, the official SPA news agency has reported.

The decision was in line with protective measures made by a committee monitoring the virus, the Sports Ministry said in a statement Friday.

On Feb. 27, Saudi Arabia suspended the entry of pilgrims seeking to perform Umrah, or minor pilgrimages, over fears of the outbreak.

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