Kento Momota’s Olympic Preparation Take A Hit After Van Accident in Malaysia


World’s top-ranked shuttler from Malaysia Kento Momota, face two big events in a short span of time which has left him in a state of shock. Momota shortly after claiming the Malaysia Masters title after beating Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen met with an accident near Kuala Lumpur.

Kento-Momota-Van-Accident-in-MalaysiaAccording to the Malaysian Police, a major road accident took place in Malaysia on Monday when Kento Momota’s van, which was carrying the world number one player to the airport, collided with a heavy truck. Police have further informed that in this accident, Malaysia’s ace shuttler Kento Momota has suffered serious injuries, while the driver of the van lost his life. It has been confirmed that Momota has suffered a broken nose and cuts to his face which is a big blow to his preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

Kento-Momota-hurt-Van-Accident-in-MalaysiaInvestigations have revealed that Japan’s ace shuttler along with an assistant coach, physiotherapist, and badminton official had hired a van on their way to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which hit a truck weighing 30 tons at around 4:40 am. Soon after the accident 10 firefighters rushed to the spot and helped the injured.

However, This has been confirmed by the police and the local fire department in their statement. As per senior fire and rescue department official Norazam Khamis, the injured came out of the van by themselves with only minor injuries. However, the driver of the van was not that lucky as he died on the spot.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have said about Momota that “Kento Momota suffered injuries on several parts of the body while fracturing his nose”. While Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports Syed Saddiq who after visiting the injured in the hospital said that the condition of all four people was stable. He added that all the injured would be receiving the best treatment and will be monitored closely.