Document Type : Research Paper


1 Professor of Sport Management, University of Guilan

2 Professor of Geograohy and Rural Planning, University of Guilan

3 Associated Professor of Curriculum, TehranUniversity

4 Assistant Professor of Sport Management, University of Guilan


The aim of this study was to compare and analysis the development level of Iran's provinces in different dimensions of competitive sport. This study is descriptive and analytic which by using 48 indicators has reviewed the development level of competitive sport of Iran’s provinces in seven dimensions: human resources, financial resources, infrastructures and facilities, sporting successes, competitiveness, hosting sport events and education in 2011. Factor analysis was used to calculate mixed indicators and cluster analysis was used to determine the level of sport development of provinces. The Study of development level of the provinces in the dimensions of championship sport showed that most provinces in human resources and infrastructure and facilities were relatively developed, in competitiveness were relatively developed and less developed, in financial resources, hosting sports events and education were less developed and in sporting achievement wereundeveloped. The study of the development level of Iran provinces showed all dimensions of competitive sport development follows the center-periphery development pattern. These inequities are the resultant and reflect of the socio-political factors, spatial planning system failures and incorrect policies, ignoring the integrated management of the country, lack of attention to potentials of the provinces and lack of coordination between the organizations in charge of different aspects of development.


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