Sociological study of social barriers to the development of sports tourism in Tehran (Study: Analysis of the opinions of sports managers in the 22 districts of Tehran

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD Student in Sports Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch

2 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran

3 Assistant Professor and Faculty Member of Islamic Azad University, Ashtian Branch, Senior Director of the Center for International Studies

4 Department of Sociology, Islamic Azad University, Marvdasht Branch, Marvdasht, Iran


The overall purpose of this study is to investigate the sociological barriers to the development of sports tourism in Tehran by analyzing the views of sports managers.
The present study was of qualitative type. This research was conducted from June 2009 to May 1999 and at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Tehran Branch. The sample size in this study includes 17 people. Sampling in the first stage of the research is theoretically a kind of targeted sampling. All statistical analyzes were performed with the help of MAXQDA12 software.
The results of the analysis of the interviews showed that 20 codes were extracted. In the section on social and infrastructural barriers, three categories of weakness of technology and theoretical and scientific knowledge in the field of sports tourism, various cumbersome rules on issuing visas, customs and length of stay. Tourists and lack of proper facilities and welfare services and in the social barriers of three-dimensional managerial differences in policies, procedures and lack of clear strategy on sports tourism. Sports and social barriers to management The three negative views and negative propaganda about Iran, inappropriate treatment of tourists and lack of security in some areas and ideological bottlenecks and its incompatibility with the culture of tourists had the highest frequency, respectively.
It is recommended that managers take advantage of the emerging capabilities and capabilities of the mojo. Managers should have a completely strategic view of this issue and their goal is to hold any sporting event, achieve goals and operational goals in order to achieve strategic goals.