The 2020 Olympic torch relay started a short while ago in the same place it always does: Greece, where men once devised elaborate competitions as an excuse to wrestle naked and now use it as an excuse to run ads that want us to believe the best athletes in the world eat Double Quarter Pounders before a big race.
The torch had finally made it to Japan, for its home stretch, with the Olympics just around the corner in July. The Japanese leg of the relay wasn’t slated to begin until March 26, where it would have made its way from Fukushima all the way to Tokyo on July 24 (two cities that radiate with an inviting neon glow for different reasons). That was the plan. Instead the torch made it to Japanese shores just in time … for the International Olympic Committee to decide to postpone the games until 2021.