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1- Department of Sport Management, Faculty of Sport Science, Mazandaran University, Babolsar, Iran , aminsaberi2014@gmail.com
2- Department of Sport Management, Faculty of Sport Science, Mazandaran University, Babolsar, Iran
Abstract:   (335 Views)
Background. One of the most important elements of life are physical activity and sports: these are the basis of health during life. In order for society to benefit from the advantages of physical activity and sports, it is necessary to know the factors influencing this phenomenon.
Objectives. The purpose of this paper is to design a sports development model in the free trade-industrial zones of Iran.
Methods. The research was
qualitative, and was done using the grounded theory approach and based on the systematic approach of Strauss and Corbin (1998). The geographic area of the research included seven free trade trade-industrial zones of Iran; the data collection tool was a semi-structured interview. Participants in the research were the sport authorities of Iran’s free zone, sports officers, officers of the Ministry of Sports and Youth of free zones, staff members of the Ministry of Sports and Youth, and sports professors; interviews involved 22 informed persons.
Results. The results of data coding showed that causal factors (individual, interpersonal, and structural) centrally affect sports development. Cultural, social, economic, political, technological, legal, and environmental factors were also selected as context and interventional factors. Development of management; development of space, equipment, and great sports events; cultural and social development; scientific and legal development; and development of financial resources were designated as strategies for the development of
sport, which will also lead to economic, cultural, social, environmental, and political consequences.
Conclusion. Given the positive outcomes for the development of
sport
, it can be useful as an effective tool in achieving the major goals of Iran’s free trade-industrial zones.
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APPLICABLE REMARKS
• The results of this research can help sports managers of free zones to:
1) Identify the factors that influence sports development.
2) Identify the context and intervening factors that affect sports development.
3) Formulate strategies for 
sport
development.
4) Identify outcomes of sports development.

Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Sport Management and its related branches
Received: 2018/04/13 | Accepted: 2018/07/14

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