In collaboration with Payame Noor University and Scientific Association of Sports Management of Iran

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Master's degree in sports management, non-profit Ivanki University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor of Sports Management, Farhangian University, Shahid Chamran Campus, Tehran, Iran.

3 Associate professor, Department of physical education and sport sciences, Tarbiat Modares University



The aim of this study is to identify the key factors contributing to the excellence of the National Table Tennis Federation at an international level and to provide practical implementation solutions. The research design employed a mixed-methods approach (qualitative and quantitative) utilizing a mixed-exploratory strategy. The qualitative phase involved the participation of 15 sports management professionals, professors, knowledgeable managers, and experts, while the quantitative phase involved 12 participants from the previous phase, selected using purposeful and criteria-based sampling methods. The qualitative data were analyzed using the thematic analysis method, while the analytical hierarchical process (AHP) was used to analyze the quantitative data. The study identified five main concepts that influence the excellence of the federation, namely relations and organizational support, human resource factors, contextual factors, organizational factors, and sports factors. In addition, the study identified three main strategies that were effective in promoting excellence: organizational strategies, structural strategies, and sports-technical strategies. Based on the findings, the key factors contributing to the success of the National Table Tennis Federation were identified as sports factors, organizational relations and support, organizational structure, human resource factors, and contextual factors. To achieve excellence at the international level, it is recommended that the table tennis federation implement organizational, structural, and technical strategies in a continuous and integrated manner.


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