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Badminton world no. 1 Momota in ‘stable’ condition after crash

Badminton world number one Kento Momota is in a “stable” condition after he was hospitalised following a pre-dawn vehicle collision on Monday (January 13), the head of Malaysia’s badminton association said.

The Japanese shuttler was with three other players en-route to the administrative capital of Putrajaya when the hired van they were in rammed into the rear of a 30-tonne truck, the local fire and rescue department said in a brief statement. The driver of the van was killed in the incident.

Kenny Goh, general secretary of the Badminton Association of Malaysia, denied rumours of Momota suffering from fractured bones, adding that Momota is undergoing “some treatment” at the moment. 

On Sunday (January 12), Momota defeated former world champion Viktor Axelsen to win the Malaysia Masters, the first tournament of the BWF 2020 World Tour season.

(Production: Ebrahim Harris, Angie Teo)

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