Assessment of Sports Diplomacy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Using the TOPSIS Model

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Kharazmi Universiy, Tehran, Iran

2 Associate Professor of Sport Management, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Kharazmi Universiy, Tehran, Iran

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

4 Associate Professor of Sport Management, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


Sport diplomacy is a pervasive phenomenon that is at the diplomatic level an important component of communication between nations and the countries.  And so it is important to know what is the position of the Islamic Republic of Iran as a powerful diplomatic country. Therefore, in this study we pursues this Purpose by using TOPSIS model as one of the powerful techniques in multi-criteria decision making. For this purpose, after preparing the research instrument and confirming its validity, it was distributed among the statistical population of the research including faculty and experts in the field of sport and diplomacy. The results show that "the increasing power and attractiveness of international sporting events" is one of the most important reasons for the development of sports diplomacy in Iran. Other research results indicate the critical situation in the areas of "trustee organization" and "policies and programs" in the field of sports diplomacy. In this context, "empowering capacities" was the most important strategy and the "development of political sociology" was the most important consequence of this phenomenon from the experts' point of view. Whatever we can conclude from this study is the need to develop a long-term bond program in order to empower capacity to improve critical points.


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