Introduction: The current research aimed at identifying the principles of good governance and providing a conceptual model in the Athletics Federation of Iran.
Methods: This qualitative research, with emergent approach (Glaserian), sought to identify the principles of governance, discover contributors' concerns, solve basic problems and finally present a conceptual model in the athletics society of Iran. The research sample included all the stakeholders in the Athletics Federation, for this purpose, 23 well-known experts in the field of governance selected by targeted and snowball selection for deep and unstructured interviews. The data were analyzed simultaneously using a set of encodings. 14 of the participants assessed and confirmed the validity and reliability of the research findings.
Results: The results showed that the most important concerns of the participants are classified in four categories: underlying factors, phenomenon, strategy and consequences. In this study, "The role of law and rule of law", one of the priciples of good governance, was the central issue of the research. Within the framework of this principle, the basic social process has been shaped by the strategy of moving toward the “rule of law’’.
Conclusion: The observance of good governance principles in the Athletics Federation will have consequences such as effectiveness, efficiency and accountability.