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Injured badminton star Momota to return to Japan

Jan 14, 2020

Tokyo (Japan), Jan 14: Japanese badminton star Kento Momota, who was injured in a car crash in Malaysia, is expected to return home on Wednesday.
A vehicle carrying the world's number one men's singles player and four others crashed into a truck on a highway en route to the airport early Monday. The driver was killed, and two Japanese and one British national were injured. This was only hours after Momota clinched the Malaysia Masters title.
The Secretary General of the Nippon Badminton Association, Kinji Zeniya, told reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday that the local doctor has approved travel for the three Japanese nationals. He said they will be taking a flight out of the country on Wednesday.
Zeniya denied media reports saying Momota fractured his nose or jaw. He said the athlete has lacerations on his face and bruises all over his body.
Zeniya added that it is very regrettable that the driver did not survive, and it's a miracle that the lives of the four passengers were spared.
Zeniya said Momota may experience pain after returning to Japan, so he will be taken to hospital for detailed tests.
He said Momota may also be emotionally distressed, so they will support him and consider ways to resume his training. He said they will consult with his coaches in the hope that he will recover by the All England Open Badminton Championships in March.
Source: NHK World