Mmegi Online :: US-based Ragontse commits to squash squad
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Thursday 30 June 2016, 08:53 am.
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US-based Ragontse commits to squash squad

United States-based squash star, Lefika Ragontse has said he's available, should Botswana enter next year's World Championships.
By Staff Writer Sat 02 Jul 2016, 11:29 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: US-based Ragontse commits to squash squad








The Botswana Squash Racket Association (BSRA) recently announced plans to send a team to the 2013 PSA Men's World Squash Championships. Ragontse becomes the second Botswana player after Alister Walker to pledge his allegiance to the country.

Ragontse, who has been in the US for 12 years, is presently in the country to support the local game and share knowledge with junior coaches, as well spearhead initiatives on how juniors can be recruited into the game.

"One tends to feel inclined to represent his or her country. "I've had a lot of offers to engage in some projects with other countries but I have turned them down because I am loyal to my country and I think that's why I want to give back.

I would always compete for my country. Some of the younger boys are talking about the World Championships next year and we have Alister who would like to compete, so we will have to support those who are interested," Ragontse told Mmegi Sport.

He believes Botswana has what it takes to compete at international level and tips Walker

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and Lekgotla Mosope as some of the players who can represent the country."I think Botswana will surprise a lot of people," he said.Ragontse is running a junior training programme in Baltimore. He is involved in coaching, management of squash facilities and college recruiting. "I started when the sport was doing well; we had a small programme.

My programme grew to become one of the best junior programmes in the US. I'm getting kids from all over the world Portugal, Iran." he said. Among his successes in squash are winning the NCAA Championship four times in the US, the Zimbabwe Open Championship, Namibia Open Championship and captaining the Botswana national team.

He started his squash in Orapa before going to boarding school in South Africa where he continued playing the sport. He won several tournaments at junior level before training in England for a year after being sponsored by De Beers. Meanwhile, Ragontse and Mosope, who is also based in the US, will take part in an exhibition tournament at the Stadium Squash Club on Friday and Saturday.

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