HOCKEY has become the latest sport to fall to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wales Hockey had taken the decision to continue its league seasons while “monitoring the changing situation” in an earlier statement.

However the governing body issued a new decree on Tuesday night which sees hockey join football and rugby in suspending all fixtures.

The statement read: “In light of the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and recent government advice, Hockey Wales has taken the decision to suspend all hockey activity until at least April 15.

“To clarify, this will include all nationally run hockey activity including its competition and domestic events programme and Player Pathway activity.

“We would urge others who deliver hockey on a local level to support this approach.

“Following consultation with England Hockey, our clubs, and taking into consideration the closure of facilities and teams self-isolating, the decision has been made in the interests of the health and safety of players, match officials, and staff.

“We will continue to monitor this fast-moving situation and provide further updates when appropriate.

“In the meantime, continue to follow the Public Health Wales guidance and stay safe.”

Among the first casualties are the Mid Wales Under 14 and Under 12 regional schoolboy qualifiers which were scheduled for Newtown’s Maldwyn Leisure Centre this week.

Radnor Ladies Hockey Club spokesperson Elin Wozencraft backed the suspension of the season.

"It is a shame but of course safety has to come first," said Wozencraft.

A North Wales Women's Hockey League statement confirmed the suspension of all fixtures until April 15 with no date on the season resuming.

"All remaining league and league cup fixtures are suspended until further notice. All hockey is suspended until at least April 15 at the earliest.

"There is no time scale at the moment on when or if these games will go ahead yet.

"Discussions will take place over the coming weeks or so. When we have clarity on the situation the clubs will be the first to know.

"Most importantly at this time please take care of yourselves and your loved ones, remain vigilant and look out for each other. We have a long way to go."