The IPC is holding talks with its members to discuss the coronavirus outbreak ©Getty Images

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has held calls with its main stakeholders regarding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on qualification for Tokyo 2020 and athlete classification.

IPC President Andrew Parsons led the talks with International Federations, National Paralympic Committees and athletes representatives to discuss the COVID-19 crisis, which has fuelled suggestions Tokyo 2020 may be postponed or cancelled.

Numerous qualifiers in Olympic and Paralympic sports have been postponed or cancelled amid travel restrictions and bans on events involving a certain number of participants imposed by Governments to curb the spread of the virus.

Classification has also been hit and the IPC has told federations to prioritise those who are due to compete at the Paralympic Games.

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused significant disruption to sport worldwide ©Getty Images
The COVID-19 outbreak has caused significant disruption to sport worldwide ©Getty Images

The IPC had also called on organisations to "explore additional classification opportunities" at upcoming competitions, but many have been cancelled since the global body's latest update.

The IPC governs four sports on the Paralympic programme - athletics, powerlifting, shooting and swimming - and claims it is working with its internal bodies to address concerns over classification and qualification for Tokyo 2020.

This year's Paralympic Games are due to begin on August 25, just over a month after the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has insisted the Olympics will go ahead as scheduled despite the coronavirus outbreak and told athletes to prepare for the Games as normal.

The IPC has followed the stance of the IOC, claiming preparations for the Paralympics "continue as planned".

According to latest figures, the virus has killed more than 8,000 people and infected over 212,000 worldwide.