Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant professor of sport management, physical education and sport science faculty, Kharazmi university, Tehran, Iran

2 Associate professor of sport management, physical education and sport science faculty, Kharazmi university, Tehran, Iran

3 Professor of political science,Faculty of International Relations at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tehran, Iran

4 Associate Professor of Sport Management, physical education and sport science faculty, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


Sports diplomacy is a new phenomenon that seeks to increase dialogue to open new perspectives and help to understand the culture of the people of the world. Today, sports have become widespread throughout the world, and new international documents have also paid some attention to sport. The internationalization of many of the world's forests has brought countries into the international sporting field to advance national interests and realize their political and international goals.This study seeks to explain the sports diplomacy. The research was conducted using qualitative studies using Grounded Theory was to collect data and define the model. The study population consisted of experts and managers in the field of theory and practice that samples were selected non-randomized. After studying literature and conducted 18 in-depth interviews, analysis interviews were coded at the same time. After studying literature, 18 in-depth interviews, analysis, and were coded at the same time. Results of open coding, axial and selective provide 165 open-source, the 14 categories and 60 concepts.
categories that was divided in causal conditions, grounded conditions, intervening conditions, action/ interaction strategies and consequences. The results suggest that programmatically and knowledge of sports diplomacy major implications in the development of political sociology, foreign policy and the development of sports in the country will have different dimensions.Therefore, long-term planning in this field can provide a better future for sport, politics, international relations, peace and development of countries.


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