Providing the model of international development of table tennis in Iran (grounded Theory Approach)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Physical Education, Sports Management, Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran, Iran

2 Sport Management Department, Islamic Azad University, Sari Branch, Sari, Iran

3 Department of Sport Management, Sari Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sari, Iran



The purpose of this study was to provide a model for the international development of table tennis in Iran. From the paradigm perspective, the present study was postmodern. The statistical population of the research was the table tennis experts,, 16 of them were considered as sample group by snowball sampling method. After analyzing and extracting the meaningful units using MAXQda 2020 software, finally 450 initial reports with a total frequency of 821 were ready to be categorized. 13 main categories of primary codes in the section of factors affecting the development of international table tennis in Iran, including: educational institutions, the nature of table tennis, the development of public sports, media, motivational factors, talent identification and government, Economic, infrastructure development, specialized and technical, social factor, management and human resources factor were counted. Also, 10 main categories in strategies including: communication, human resource management, supervision, motivational, economic, technical and specialized, managerial, Cultural strategic and international, as well as in the consequences section, the main categories including technical and specialized consequences, equipment development, motivational, international, health, economic, social and ideal were discovered and counted. The international development of table tennis in Iran requires strategic categories that have been mentioned in the present study, and using the results of the present study, this popular sport can be considered as one of the fields prone to winning medals in international arenas in the coming years.


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