THE Boat Race has become the latest sporting event cancelled because of coronavirus.

Organisers this afternoon cancelled the iconic contest between Oxford and Cambridge on the River Thames, which was scheduled for Sunday, March 29.

They tweeted that the decision was based 'entirely on our concern for the welfare of our crews, our spectators, our staff and volunteers'.

Robert Gillespie, chairman of The Boat Race Company Limited, said: “Given the unprecedented situation our country and each of us as individuals faces, the public good far outweighs all other considerations.

"Cancellation of The Boat Race is therefore clearly the correct decision, but it is not without sad consequence.

"Our thoughts are very much with the athletes who have worked so hard and made immense sacrifices to represent their University and are now unable to do so.

"To cancel is not an easy decision and we realise this news will undoubtedly disappoint all those who look forward to the race – whether watching on the riverbanks, on TV or online.

"We would like to thank our partners, fans, the local businesses & community for their support.”