Lin­gering fears in Sochi about ter­rorism and basic prepa­ra­tions just days ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics opening cer­e­monies indi­cate the Inter­na­tional Olympic Com­mittee needs to over­haul its process for choosing host coun­tries, experts tell the Herald.

The IOC has no internal exper­tise on secu­rity mat­ters, so they really do have to rely on the bids the hosts are making, their sug­ges­tions saying how they are going to pro­tect the games,” said Philip D’Agati, an inter­na­tional rela­tions expert at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity who studied under former IOC vice pres­i­dent Richard Pound.

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