Tokyo: World No. 1 men’s singles player Kento Momota has arrived at Japan’s Narita airport on Wednesday, two days after surviving a fatal car crash in Malaysia.
Momota was seen wearing a black cap, face mask and sunglasses, walking unencumbered through the arrival lobby without making a statement to the media. A facial scar was visible between his eyebrows.
The 25-year-old world champion is expected to be out for two months to recuperate from his injuries, after the vehicle carrying him to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) crashed at around 4am on Monday, killing the driver while injuring Momota and three other passengers.
The Nippon Badminton Association said Tuesday that Momota will skip next month’s Asia Team Championships and aim to return to action at the All England Open, which gets under way on March 11 in Birmingham.