The 2020 Longines Masters equestrianism event is the latest on the Hong Kong sporting calendar to fall victim to the deadly Wuhan coronavirus sweeping through mainland China. The event, which was scheduled to take place between February 14-16 at AsiaWorld-Expo, was officially called off on Thursday night after days of uncertainty. A statement read: “[The] organiser of the event announced [on Thursday] that Longines Masters of Hong Kong will not take place. This decision is a precautionary measure following the recent developments in the … coronavirus outbreak which is currently affecting the city of Hong Kong, mainland China and across the APAC region.” There was no mention of rescheduling the event in the statement. “With more than 35,000 people expected from Hong Kong, Asia and around the world,” the statement continued, “the safety of our audience, athletes, visitors, exhibitors, service providers, internal teams, as well as that of the horses taking part in the Longines Masters of Hong Kong, is an absolute priority.” The coronavirus has already claimed the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, which was cancelled last Saturday , as well as horse racing meetings in Macau , the Hong Kong Race Week sailing regatta , the 9 Dragons Ultramarathon and all upcoming Hong Kong Football Association fixtures . Hong Kong Marathon cancelled in wake of coronavirus outbreak It has been a tumultuous 10 months for Hong Kong sport. The outbreak of anti-government protests in March lead to a host of regular events being cancelled or postponed in 2019, and just as the civil unrest appeared to be abating, the city was struck by its most serious epidemic since the Sars virus in 2002. As in 2002, the Hong Kong Rugby Union remains bullish that this year’s showpiece Rugby Sevens event will go ahead as planned in early April. Hong Kong Sevens is all systems go despite China coronavirus outbreak Earlier this week, HKRU chief executive Robbie McRobbie said: “There are no plans to cancel the Hong Kong Sevens,” when asked if there is a specific deadline as to when a decision to call off the event must be made. That is in spite of the fact that the dean of Hong Kong’s University medical school, Gabriel Leung, said he expects the outbreak to peak in April or May.