Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D. student of Sport Management, Sport Science Research Institute, Tehran, Iran

2 Associate Professor of Sport Management, Faculty of physical education and sport sciences. University of Khwarizmi, Tehran, Iran.

3 Professor of Sport Management, Faculty of physical education and sport sciences. University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

4 Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Sport Science Research Institute, Tehran, Iran


The purpose of this study was to provide a comprehensive model for talent identification in Iranian championship sport. Considering the exploratory nature of the subject, the method of qualitative research and the theorizing approach based on the data was used. First, through the initial studies and the systematic review of related resources, the introductory inventory of effective signs was identified. In the following, 23 semi-structured interviews with well-known experts were conducted on purposeful and snowball method. The interviews continued to reach theoretical saturation. The open coding results indicated that 296 primary marks and 38 final figures were extracted. In the axial coding, the final marks were classified in 12 concepts and 4 main categories. Finally, the identified categories derived from selective coding include, respectively, the talent identification process, model management, environmental factors and key stakeholders. The theoretical model derived from the findings of this study can help managers and policy makers of championship sport to use the appropriate stakeholders and determine the role for each trusted organization to address the interfering factors and accelerate the development of talent identification in championship sports.


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