Tasmanian athletes around the globe have spoken about how they are dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.
With uncertainty over whether this year's Olympic Games will go ahead, many of the state's top performers are attempting to maintain normal training and competition schedules.
On the day that Eddie Ockenden became his country's most capped international player, Hockey Australia took "the unfortunate but necessary" decision to suspend all international travel for its national teams.
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And Jake Birtwhistle shifted his training program from Europe to the US following the cancellation of the opening round of the World Triathlon Series in the UAE.
Amid mounting concern about how the situation is impacting world sport, Tasmania's Olympic hopefuls have detailed how it is affecting them.
Launceston-born trio Birtwhistle, Stewart McSweyn and Ariarne Titmus are all in line for an Olympic debut in Tokyo.
"Coronavirus has changed things up a little for the start of the 2020 season and doesn't look like slowing down anytime soon unfortunately," said Birtwhistle, 25, who this week flew from Spain to Florida to continue training.
"With race one in Abu Dhabi being postponed, with no new date set, it makes things difficult to prepare for whatever may be next.
"Race two of the series is held in Bermuda so I will be preparing for that now as originally planned which means leaving Europe and basing myself, with my coach and training partners, in Florida. We just have to hope as that race gets closer that we'll actually be able to race there.
"There is a bit of uncertainty around all of the future events, as obviously the same thing could easily happen but we've just got to push forward hoping for the best."
McSweyn, who has already qualified for both the 5000 and 10,000-metre races in Tokyo, is also in limbo as he prepares to head to Europe for the Diamond League meets.
"So far it's not really affecting my preparation, as I'm just focusing on training with the mindset that the games are going ahead," said the 24-year-old King Islander.
"I think it's still a few months away so there hasn't been too much worry from my end as an athlete. I think closer to the Games we will hopefully have a better idea of the effect it may have on the Games."
Titmus was also asked about the issue during a Swimming Australia training camp in Noosa this week.
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"I know it's been in the media a lot, which makes it a little bit scarier than what it is, but it's not my job to worry about it," said the Queensland-based 19-year-old.
Hockey Australia made its decision after consultation with the chief medical officer of the Australian Institute of Sport and after monitoring the latest updates from the World Health Organisation and Australian Government.
"We have been tracking the progression of the virus in Europe with the hope it could be contained," Hockey Australia chief executive Matt Favier said.
"Unfortunately, the increase in the number of cases and the spread of the countries now impacted has led us to this decision."
The sport's world governing body the FIH had already postponed the Hockeyroos' matches in China next weekend along with the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia.
The Kookaburras had been scheduled to fly to Europe on Sunday.
The announcement of the decision did not over-shadow Ockenden's historic achievement as he overtook Jamie Dwyer's international appearance record in a 5-1 defeat of Olympic champions Argentina in Perth.
The Hobart father-of-two led his side onto the field in his 366th international appearance.
"Having the whole squad and my family here was special, including my partner Louie, but also seeing a video before the game with lots of ex-teammates and old Kookas who made it here has made it more special and it was really nice to feel the love from all of the boys," Ockenden said.
The 32-year-old Tasmanian had a typically influential night, having a hand in three goals and almost popping up to score one himself.
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