• Kento Momota ready for comeback?

    Tokyo: Kento Momota, the former men's singles world No. 2 who is serving an indefinite ban from the Nippon Badminton Association for gambling at illegal casinos in Japan, made his first public appearance in a charity event that was sponsored by his employer NTT East in Nov 12, showing his support for the victims of the Kumamoto City that were struck by a magnitude 7.0 mainshock earthquake in April.Kento Momota attends the Kumamoto earthquake charity event.

    Kento Momota attends the Kumamoto earthquake charity event.

  • Japan badminton team look to move past gambling scandal

    Tokyo: The Japanese badminton team's morale was low when Japanese rising badminton star, 21-year-old Kento Momota and six-time Japan national champion Kenichi Tago have been expelled from the national team after they admitted to gamble at illegal casinos.Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi are eyeing for Olympic gold in Rio. (photo: Yoshiaki Miura)

    Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi are eyeing for Olympic gold in Rio. (photo: Yoshiaki Miura)

  • Kento Momota eyeing return to the Tokyo Olympic in 2020

    Tokyo: Japan's badminton rising star who was removed from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings after he received an indefinite suspension from Nippon Badminton Association for gambling at illegal casinos in Japan, has gradually emerged from the worst crisis in his career to set sights on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Kento Momota throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a game between the Central League clubs Yomiuri Giants and Yakult Swallows at the Tokyo Dome in the capital's Bunkyo Ward on March 25, 2016. (photo: Getty)

    Kento Momota throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a game between the Central League clubs Yomiuri Giants and Yakult Swallows at the Tokyo Dome in the capital's Bunkyo Ward on March 25, 2016. (photo: Getty)

  • Kenichi Tago to find opportunities overseas after gambling penalty

    Tokyo: Six-time Japan national champion and the 2010 All England runner-up Kenichi Tago, who lost about 10 million yen in over 60 visits to illegal casinos in Tokyo and Yokohama from October 2014 to January 2016, is looking to resume his badminton career overseas after he received indefinite suspension by the Nippon Badminton Association.The punishments for Kenichi Tago's misconduct may seem too harsh! (photo: GettyImages)

    The punishments for Kenichi Tago's misconduct may seem too harsh! (photo: GettyImages)

  • Kento Momota, Kenichi Tago officially removed from BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: Although Japanese young badminton star Kento Momota who has been denied a spot on Japan’s team for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics after receiving an indefinite suspension from the Nippon Badminton Association on April 10, 2016 for his visit to an illegal casino, but he hadn’t officially been removed from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Ranking, until this Thursday.The "more than a year" suspension of Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago is unnecessary and is a complete waste of a talent.

    The "more than a year" suspension of Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago is unnecessary and is a complete waste of a talent.

  • New pictures surface in Kento Momota scandal

    Tokyo: Japanese media has heightened interest in Japanese badminton ace Kento Momota’s private life after intimate pictures of him and an unidentified woman were leaked and went viral on internet sites.Sexy pictures of Kento Momota and a mysterious woman. (photo: shincho)

    Sexy pictures of Kento Momota and a mysterious woman. (photo: shincho)

  • The Kento Momota scandal continues

    Tokyo: Despite being kicked off Japan’s badminton national team and was banned from competition indefinitely after he was found guilty of placing illegal bets at an illegal casino, Momota could soon found himself in deep financial trouble.Hope Kento Momota could stay strong and positive during the difficult times. (photo: GettyImages)

    Hope Kento Momota could stay strong and positive during the difficult times. (photo: GettyImages)

  • More fallout from Kento Momota's gambling scandal

    Tokyo: After the World No. 2 Japanese Olympic medal hopeful Kento Momota was kicked off from Japan’s badminton team and has been suspended from competition indefinitely, which ended his dream of playing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, it didn't take long for the scandal to burst to a new height after photo of him leaning in for a kiss with a sexy woman leaked to the public few days ago.Hope the gambling scandal will not destroy Kento Momota's badminton career. (photo: Shincho)

    Hope the gambling scandal will not destroy Kento Momota's badminton career. (photo: Shincho)

  • Chen Long: Momota's absence doesn't make winning Singapore Open easier

    Singapore: It will definitely be a different vibe when playing badminton without Kento Momota.

    Kento Momota will not be able to defend the Singapore Open title he won last year after he was kicked off the Japan national team by Nippon Badminton Association (NBA) last Sunday by visiting an illegal casino.Chen Long has yet to win a championship in 2016.

    Chen Long has yet to win a championship in 2016.

  • Kento Momota denied 2016 Rio Olympics berth

    Tokyo: Japan will not send Kento Momota to the 2016 Rio Olympics despite qualified for the tournament by being the men's singles World No. 2 at the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings.

    Despite tearful pleas for mercy from his teammate Kenichi Tago, the Nippon Badminton Association (NBA) has decided on Sunday to suspend Olympic medal prospect Kento Momota from competition indefinitely for gambling at an illegal casino. The badminton’s governing body in Japan, will also strip Momota of his status as a certified member of the national team. Kenichi Tago who was also found guilty of placing illegal bets, was removed from the organization’s official player list for an indefinite period.This is one of the pictures that sparked Kento Momota's illegal gambling probe. (source: shincho)

    This is one of the pictures that sparked Kento Momota's illegal gambling probe. (source: shincho)

  • Kento Momota, Kenichi Tago issue apologies for visiting illegal casino

    Tokyo: Japanese Olympic badminton medal hope Kento Momota made a somber apology on Friday after jeopardizing his place at this summer's Rio Games by visiting an illegal casino.Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago admit to gambling at an illegal casino. (photo: AFP)

    Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago admit to gambling at an illegal casino. (photo: AFP)

  • Kento Momota may be banned from Olympics over illegal gambling

    Tokyo: World No. 4 and 21-year-old men's singles player Kento Momota of Japan could potentially being banned from competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro if the Nippon Badminton Association confirmed Momota has been a frequent visitor to an illegal casino in Tokyo.Kento Momota (r) and Kenichi Tago arrive at Narita airport Thursday morning.

    Kento Momota (r) and Kenichi Tago arrive at Narita airport Thursday morning.

  • Kento Momota, Ratchanok Intanon win India Open

    New Delhi: World No. 4 Japanese shuttler Kento Momota remained perfect in India Open finals, winning an the men's singles title on Sunday while denying Viktor Axelsen of Denmark from winning his first ever Super Series.Japan's Kento Momota poses with the trophy after winning the men's final singles match aganist Denmark's Viktor Axelsen at 2016 India Open. (photo: AFP)

    Japan's Kento Momota poses with the trophy after winning the men's final singles match aganist Denmark's Viktor Axelsen at 2016 India Open. (photo: AFP)

  • Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong exit, Viktor Axelsen reaches Indian Open finals

    New Delhi: Malaysia's men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong failed to maintain their winning momentum after going down to Indonesia's Gideon Markus Fernaldi/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the semi-final of the India Open at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, India on Saturday.Denmark's Viktor Axelsen plays a shot during his men's singles semi-final match against South Korea's Son Wan Ho. (photo: GettyImages)

    Denmark's Viktor Axelsen plays a shot during his men's singles semi-final match against South Korea's Son Wan Ho. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Superb comeback by Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong to reach India Open semis

    New Delhi: Despite dropping a set, Malaysia's No. 1 men's doubles pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong stormed away in a 3-set thriller against World number 12, Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark with a brilliant display of shot making at the Siri Fort Complex, New Delhi, before reaching the India Open semi-finals on Friday.Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong beats Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding at the 2016 India Open in New Delhi. (photo: GettyImages)

    Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong beats Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding at the 2016 India Open in New Delhi. (photo: GettyImages)

  • Lin Dan jumps to No. 2, while Nozomi Okuhara rises to 3rd in BWF rankings

    Kuala Lumpur: After winning back to back German Open and All England titles in last two weeks, Chinese badminton ace Lin Dan overtook Lee Chong Wei and Kento Momota as he climbed up to World No. 2 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings that was released on Thursday.An overwhelming welcome home support by his fans, following Lin Dan's sixth All England title victory last Sunday. (photo: AFP)

    An overwhelming welcome home support by his fans, following Lin Dan's sixth All England title victory last Sunday. (photo: AFP)

  • Indonesia seals dramatic Badminton Asia Team Championships victory

    Hyderabad: Although the Indonesian men's team has qualified for the Thomas Cup, they did not take Japan lightly in Badminton Asia Team Championships (BATC) final on Sunday. Both teams were neck and neck throughout the tie until Indonesia overcame Japan in an epic decisive fifth match to seal a 3-2 win.Indonesian men's team wins the 2016 Badminton Asia Team Championships title. (photo: AFP)

    Indonesian men's team wins the 2016 Badminton Asia Team Championships title. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei vows to return to World No. 1 before Rio

    Kuala Lumpur: After winning his Malaysia Masters title last week, Lee Chong Wei advanced 3 spots to World No. 2 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei is an official brand ambassador for XOX mobile. (photo: Bernama)

    Lee Chong Wei is an official brand ambassador for XOX mobile. (photo: Bernama)

  • Malaysia Purple League: Ampang Jaya win despite Kento Momota's loss

    Kuala Lumpur: Kento Momota may have lost his match against Evert Sukamta in the tie between Ampang Jaya BC and Klang United BC on Tuesday, but it had no impact on the final outcome as Ampang United already cemented the victory with 10-4 lead even before Momota stepped onto the court to play the second men's singles match.Kento Momota is considered the best Japanese player of his generation.

    Kento Momota is considered the best Japanese player of his generation.

  • Kento Momota, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan win World Superseries Finals

    Dubai: No. 2 seed Kento Momota brought Viktor Axelsen's great run at the 2015 Dubai World Superseries Finals to an end by clinching the men's singles title in Dubai on Sunday.Congratulations to Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan! (photo: Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan FB)

    Congratulations to Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan! (photo: Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan FB)

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