Squash president bullish about future

Botswana Squash Rackets Association (BSRA) president, Tiego Kesebonye Rabashwa, is optimistic squash will soon be the number one sport in terms of bringing medals from international competitions. BSRA is, for the first time, sending a team of four men to the World Championships in France. Kesebonye spoke to Mmegi Sport Correspondent, THATO KALA

Mmegi: What is your background as a sport leader?
Tiego Kesebonye Rabashwa:
Well, I started off with Tlokweng United Football Club as an administrator. I was a bit hesitant when they approached me because I had never played the sport. I think that is the biggest mistake we make to think that if you have not played a sport you cannot administer it. Sometimes we make someone a manager because he was a good player, but that does not necessarily mean he has the skills to run a football team. Amazingly, my stint with Tlokweng United was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I discovered a lot about administrating sport.

Mmegi: How then did you end up in squash?
A friend of mine kept persuading me to play squash for about three years and I was refusing. Ultimately, I took up the game and saw so much potential. I got there after the last Under 19 Africa Junior Championships that we hosted. I realized there were no structures, no one was taking young players to competition and management was so dysfunctional. I decided to go and help, I ran a few tournaments.

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