The J. League on Tuesday announced the postponement of all four of its competitions as the COVID-19 outbreak continued to have wide-reaching effects on the sports world.

All 94 matches scheduled to run through March 15 were affected by the decision, including the second through fourth rounds of the J1 and J2 as well as the first two rounds of the third division and two rounds of the Levain Cup, the league's cup tournament.

"A government panel of medical experts declared on Monday night that the next 1-2 weeks will be a critical juncture in terms of whether the virus rapidly spreads or can be contained," said a statement from the league.