Badminton world No.1 Kento Momota may very well be out for 2 months after being injured in a automobile crash that killed his driver simply hours after he gained the Malaysia Masters on Sunday.
The 25-year-old Japanese shuttler, suffered cuts and bruising within the accident close to Kuala Lumpur, however is aiming to return on the All England Championships on March 11, stated Kinji Zeniya, secretary basic of Japan’s Badminton Affiliation on Tuesday.
Zeniya informed reporters that Momota, who had gained a file of 11 titles final yr had extraordinary enthusiasm in direction of the Olympics this yr in Tokyo, however urged Japan’s house gold medal hope to take time to recuperate totally.
“I hope he will do his best without pushing and rushing himself too hard and without being impatient,” stated Zeniya.
Momota has been in hospital since Monday following the crash with a slow-moving lorry whereas driving to the airport.
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The motive force was killed on the scene whereas Momota obtained cuts to his face and bruising throughout his physique, Zeniya stated, denying earlier reviews that he had damaged his nostril and chin.
An assistant coach, physiotherapist, and badminton official had been additionally injured. Momota will return to Japan on Wednesday and would obtain additional medical checks.
“Cuts will be healed, but what will happen to the bruising later? I know injuries from car accidents can emerge after some time,” stated Zeniya.
The accident got here after the dominant Japanese star started his 2020 season in model with victory over Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen in Kuala Lumpur.
Momota loved unrivalled success in 2019, profitable a file of 11 titles together with the World Championships, Asia Championships and All England Championships, a dramatic turnaround for a participant who had been banned for playing in 2016.