Mmegi Online :: Local squash in line for World Championships debut
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Local squash in line for World Championships debut

The Botswana Squash Racket Association (BSRA) will for the first time send a team to an international tournament at next year's World Squash Championships.
By Staff Writer Fri 09 Dec 2016, 13:32 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Local squash in line for World Championships debut








The City of Manchester, home to England Squash and Racketball (ESR), will host the prestigious PSA Men's World Squash Championships in 2013 following last week's announcement. Botswana's squash side has been dormant for long, despite success by some locals on the international scene. Koketso Ntshepe, BSRA's development manager, confirmed the likelihood of sending a team to the prestigious competition.

"We are currently working on the paperwork and we really want to do that. We need to complete an application and pay some registration fees - but it's all looking good," he told Mmegi Sport.  He believes Botswana can raise a strong team that can compete at an international level.

"We have a number of guys playing squash professionally outside the country, but because no one speaks for squash, they are not known. Alister (Walker) has been in squash for 10 years but no one knows him," he said.

"We can get a team. We should be able to get three professional players and one amateur."Alister Walker, Lekgotla Mosope and Lefika Ragontse are all based in the United States of America (USA) and are still active in

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the game.

"Things are starting to come through. The guys are not known because nobody is following them," Ntshebe added.  The US-based squash ace, Walker is the country's most successful squash player, after winning Botswana its third PSA title last week on Monday.

His latest triumph marked the sixth title of Walker's career - but the third since the Gaborone-born former Englishman switched his allegiance to Botswana last June. His two PSA titles came within a space of a week last November. The first was the Dayton Open title where he beat Pakistan's qualifier Yasir Butt in straight games before cruising to glory in the Pittsburgh Open held at Rivers Club in Pittsburgh, US. Mosope is ranked 181 in the world and is currently coaching at Meadow Mill Athletic Club. Ragontse is a 10-time Botswana and four-time All American champion. 

The Men's World Squash Championships is the latest in a series of high-profile international events to be held in Manchester since the Commonwealth Games in 2002. The Men's World Squash Championships will form an important part of next year's PSA World Tour programme.

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