Sports events rank high among the most
sought-after recreational pursuits. Nevertheless, these
activities come laden with inherent hazards that may
lead to severe injuries or even fatalities. Before crafting
an effective risk management strategy, it becomes
imperative to gain a comprehensive understanding of
how risk is perceived within this context. Such insights
can significantly enhance communication between
professionals and participants, ultimately contributing to
the formulation of a more robust risk management plan.
Risk, as a concept, has been defined in various ways,
ranging from intricate technical calculations to the more
psychologically-oriented psychometric paradigm. This
psychometric approach, deeply rooted in the fields of
psychology and decision sciences, has garnered
substantial recognition within the realm of social
sciences (Sjo ̈berg et al., 2004).
Notably, the concept of uncertainty, closely
intertwined with risk perception, features prominently in
numerous behavior theories (Sjo ̈berg et al., 2004).
Nonetheless, it becomes apparent that a consensus on a
universally applicable assessment method remains elusive.
The characteristics of perceived risk exhibit significant
variations among individuals, types of hazards, and
situational contexts. The primary aim of this investigation is
to shed light on howdiverse stakeholders perceive risk in the
domain of sporting events, employing the psychometric
paradigm. Furthermore, we endeavor to pinpoint the factors
that influence risk perception specifically within the context
of sporting events.
To accomplish this, we have opted for a qualitative
research methodology, affording us a deeper exploration of
Moroccan organizations and their perspectives on risk. Our
approach hinges on semi-structured interviews guided by a
predefined set of questions, conducted with officials and
experts affiliated with sports federations in Morocco, as well
as the Moroccan Olympic Committee (CNOM). The analysis
of the interviewees' responses was executed through manual
content analysis, enabling us to address our central inquiry