This year's Ice Hockey World Championship has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announced Saturday.
The tournament had been due to take place in Switzerland in May.
IIHF President René Fasel said it was a "harsh reality to face" for international ice hockey, but one that "we must accept.”
“The coronavirus is a global problem and requires major efforts by government bodies to combat its spread. The IIHF must do all it can to support this fight.
"We have to set sport aside for now and support both the government bodies and the ice hockey family.”
The refund policy for ticket holders will be clarified as soon as possible, the IIHF said.