The japanese badmintonstjerne Kento Momota has been injured in a road accident in Malaysia.
This writes the news agency Reuters.
the Accident happened a few hours after Momota, which is the number one in the world ranking, had won the finals of the Malaysia Masters over Viktor Axelsen from Denmark.
Momota was, along with three other persons from the badmintonverdenen passengers in a car that påkørte a truck from behind shortly before dawn.
the Truck was påkørt behind. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix
the Driver of the car perished in the accident, which happened on Monday morning local time on a highway.
The four passengers was the way to the international airport in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur when their vehicle hit the up in a slow-moving truck. It writes the official news agency Bernama.
- The deaths and all the injured are brought to hospital in the administrative capital, Putrajaya, he said Norazam Khamis, who is the head of the fire and rescue services in the area, immediately after the accident.
Momota and the other players came according to the authorities, easier to damage.
The injured were taken to the Putrajaya Hospital. Photo: Lim Huey Teng/Ritzau Scanpix
Malaysia newspaper The Star writes, Momoto has a broken nose and got a break on a cheekbones. In addition, a gash in his lip has been patched together.
- According to the doctors, all four recovered, and their condition is stable, says Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who is the youth minister for sport in Malaysia, to the newspaper after having visited the victims at the hospital.
The three other injured is, according to The Star identified as the 35-year-old japanese badmintontræner Hirayama Yu, the 43-year-old japanese physical therapist Morimoto Akifumi and the 30-year-old briton William Thomas, who works for the international badmintonforbund.
The killed driver was a 24-year-old man from Malaysia.
Momota had just defeated Axelsen. Photo: Mohd Rasfan/Ritzau Scanpix
The 25-year-old Momota had a great 2019, when he set the record with 11 tournament victories. Including the WORLD cup, All England and the asian championship.
And this year has Momota initiated in the same sovereign manner. Sunday's finale in Malaysia the Master, the 2020 season's first major tournament, he won 24-22, 21-11 over Viktor Axelsen.