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What Rio’s like days before the 2016 Olympics

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>> Brazil just days away from the start of the 2016 Olympics. Even if some scaffolding for construction is still just outside the Olympic park. I'm Reuter's Jane Lin Healey here in Rio, and what's been most surprising is how well organized everything feels. Volunteers have been super helpful in guiding us around.
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And the media got our freebie backpacks with bug repellant from SE Johnson. It's the first time bug repellant is an official sponsor of the Olympics, as there's a lot of this Zika virus spread by mosquitos. Although I haven't seen any mosquitos yet, even with open sewage right outside these gates.
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This week is peak travel time, according to travel app Skyscanner, although at the airport things seemed just a bit quiet. Most people I came across were either athletes, journalists, or officials. Olympic organizers say 1.3 million of 6 million tickets are still unsold, so perhaps some of the spectators have stayed home.
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With threats of an ISIS attack, security has been in focus. And it was hard to miss the military presence in the airport or on the way to the Olympic park. Brazil has brought in over 80,000 police and troops to boost security. There was a big glitch on security as well and the city had to fire, only days ago, a private security firm because it couldn't find enough personnel.
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The traffic was still pretty bad for those unfortunate enough not to be in the special Olympic lanes. But for athletes, journalists and officials on that special bus, the road to the Olympics now looks mostly clear and speeding along well.