Barcelona marathon postponed due to coronavirus

Over 10,000 people take part in the yearly event in Barcelona. LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images

The Barcelona marathon scheduled for next weekend has been postponed until October to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Barcelona's city hall said in a statement on Saturday.

The race was due to take place on March 15 but has been rescheduled for Oct. 25 following a meeting between the city hall's sport department and local and regional health authorities.

Spain's health ministry has reported 441 cases of the virus, leading to eight deaths. One hundred and seventy four cases have been reported in Madrid, with 24 in Catalonia.

A number of Olympic qualifying events have been affected by the outbreak. A third test event for Tokyo 2020 was cancelled on Wednesday with the Asian Sevens Invitational -- scheduled for April 25-26 -- no longer set to take place due to the outbreak.

A range of sporting events across the world have been affected by the coronavirus, including Italian football's Serie A and Formula One's Chinese Grand Prix.