This week Japan canceled a number of tennis tournaments due to the coronavirus outbreak. The virus has already claimed lives in Italy and it seems only a matter of time before carriers of the virus are discovered in France (cancel the French Open in May?) and elsewhere in Europe.

No one is saying anything publicly yet, but one wonders how Japan, a self-contained island, feels about welcoming people from across the globe to the Olympic Games this July. Just last weekend Japanese Olympic officials canceled a giant volunteer session due to virus fears. Are the 2020 Olympics in danger of being canceled? Would anyone even consider relocating them?

Above, the island of Tristan de Cunha in the south Atlantic. It is the planet’s most remote inhabited island. I’m not sure if they have a 400-meter track, but we still have time to build one.

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