World No.1 Momota leaves Malaysia hospital, on way home

FILE PHOTO: Badminton - Danisa Denmark Open 2019 - Men's Singles - Odense, Denmark - October 15, 2019. Kento Momota of Japan in action in his match against Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong. Ritzau Scanpix/Claus Fisker/via REUTERS

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 travelling 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.

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