Badminton: World No.1 Momota leaves Malaysia hospital, on way home
|reuters.com 14 Jan 2020 at 21:25|
Japanese badminton player Kento Momota arrives at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, as he leaves for Tokyo, after he was released from hospital following an injury in a vehicle collision on Monday, in Sepang, Malaysia, January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Badminton world number one Kento Momota was on his way home to Japan on Wednesday after being released from a hospital in Malaysia that treated him for injuries suffered in a vehicle collision.
A Reuters photographer saw Momota, who won the Malaysia Masters on Sunday, clearing security checks at Kuala Lumpur airport, his face covered in a white mask. His flight was due to leave at about 10 a.m.
The world’s top-ranked men’s singles player was among four passengers in a van traveling to the airport on Monday when it crashed into the back of a 30-tonne truck, injuring them and killing the driver of the van.
Momota suffered multiple lacerations to his face and a nasal bone fracture, the Badminton World Federation said.
Momota is expected to be one of Japan’s biggest hopes for gold at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.