Mmegi Online :: Walker to represent Botswana in WSF Challenge
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Walker to represent Botswana in WSF Challenge

By Staff Writer Wed 25 May 2016, 13:04 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Walker to represent Botswana in WSF Challenge








The prestigious championship kicks off with pools on September 6-8 while the semis and finals have been pencilled for September 9-10. This year's event features eight men and eight women competing initially in two pools of four, followed by semi finals and final. The top ranked players from each of the five continents will be invited, together with the second highest ranked player from each of the top three represented continents, who come from a different country in that continent.

The draw into pools will be based upon the June world rankings. Walker, who was in the country last month on an off-season break, has started preparing for the championship. He is excited about prospects of representing the country, as it signals the likelihood of his desire to don Botswana colours in the near future.

"I'm very excited to be one of the players to represent Africa in Botswana colours," Walker said soon after the WSF confirmed the development last week. WSF chief executive, Andrew Shelley, said the championship is a very important showpiece for the sport as it provides a world championship title. The event will also be used to support the association's drive towards next year's London Olympics.

"We are very grateful to Fidelis World and the team who have taken the rights to promote the championship on a long-term

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basis. They are already working hard on arrangements to ensure a great success," read a press release.

There will be much at stake during the championship with the winner's prize money pegged at US$40, 000. The runners-up will pocket US$25,000 while third and fourth place finishers will get US$17, 5000.

Meanwhile, the dreadlocked right-hander is still keen to revert to being Motswana. The Gaborone-born star moved to the United Kingdom (UK) in 1998 after getting a squash scholarship at Wycliffe School in Gloucestershire. His hopes to receive sponsorship at the highest level in the UK meant he had to acquire a British passport and at 21, he lost his Botswana citizenship.

"I've had a desire to play for Botswana, it wasn't without sadness that I elected to play for England and if I do end up playing for Botswana there would be sadness leaving England. But I'm pretty convinced in my mind that it's the right move, not just for myself but also in order to develop squash in Botswana, sport, in general in Botswana and sort of lift the game in Africa," he recently told BBC Radio. Walker, whose highest ranking was 12, is aiming at getting into the top 10. He believes once he has broken that threshold the world number one position would be within his reach.

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